Inequality and the 1%

Can we afford the rich? Why the growth of the wealthy is making the UK a more dangerous place to live
Since the great recession hit in 2008, the 1% has only grown richer while the rest find life increasingly tough. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has turned into a chasm. While the rich have found new ways of protecting their wealth, everyone else has suffered the penalties of austerity.

But inequality is more than just economics. Being born outside the 1% has a dramatic impact on a person's potential: reducing life expectancy, limiting education and work prospects, and even affecting mental health.

What is to be done? In Inequality and the 1% leading social thinker Danny Dorling lays bare the extent and true cost of the division in our society and asks what have the superrich ever done for us. He shows that inquality is the greatest threat we face and why we must urgently redress the balance.


  • “An incredibly thoughtful book. With wit, expertise and a necessary anger, Danny Dorling makes the case for a ‘slow revolution’ against the concentrated wealth of the top 1%, who threaten our national and global well-being. Read him. Enjoy him. Join him.”
  • “A convincing picture of the epic insulation of the 1%.”
  • “A clear and readable account of the damage wrought by extreme inequality. This is a powerful book.”
  • “Dorling asks questions about inequality that fast become unswervable: can we afford the superrich? Can society prosper? Can we realize our potential?”
  • “Takes an empirical look at how lives of the richest damage the rest of society.”
  • “Dorling’s book is an exercise in vigilance against the undue impacts of the 1%, and in that respect, the 99% will likely find the empirical data revelatory, providing much-needed ammunition in the fight against concentrated wealth. The book’s focus on structural outcomes complements some of the more conceptually-driven work that relies heavily on social theory and political economy…The very richness of the empirical project and the accessibility of the writing and analysis seem to come at the expense of any pretence of conceptual insight or connection to previous academic work”


  • Brexit: The Decision Of a Divided Country

    Blame austerity not immigration for the inequality underlying the referendum decision, argues Danny Dorling for the BMJ.

    "The outcome of the EU referendum has been unfairly blamed on the working class in the north of England, and even on obesity. However, because of differential turnout and the size of the denominator population, most people who voted Leave lived in the south of England. Furthermore, of all those who voted for Leave, 59% were in the middle classes (A, B, or C1). The proportion of Leave voters in the lowest two social classes (D and E) was just 24%. The Leave voters among the middle class were crucial to the final result because the middle class constituted two thirds of all those who voted."

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  • A Short History Of Haven Distribution: Sending Books To Prisoners For 20 Years

    Verso is proud to continue our work with Haven Distribution, a non-profit charity distributing books to prisoners. We are committed to fight for prisoners’ rights: books should be the right of every person in this country – whether in prison or not. Luke Billingham of Haven looks back at twenty years of sending prisoners a lifeline for the Verso blog.   

    "Books for prisoners is a cause which has passionate advocates across the political spectrum – anarchists can see books as a source of brief and very partial liberation for those suffering under state oppression, whilst staunch conservatives can see them as a civilising influence and a tool for greater employability on release."

    Haven's iconic logo was designed and provided by Clifford Harper

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  • Verso's end-of-year highlights 2015!

    As we approach the end of the year we look back on a great year of publishing, from Patrick Cockburn's best-selling The Rise of Islamic State, to Kate Evans' graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg; from Walter Benjamin's Archive in paperback, to Portraits: John Berger on on Artists, a beautiful history of art by John Berger, from the Chauvet cave paintings to Cy Twombly, brought together by Tom Overton.

    This blog post is split into sections - highlighted in red - such as Current Afffairs, Memoir, History, Theory/Philosophy, to help you find your favourite books!


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