Skint Estate


Cash Carraway is a single mum living in temporary accommodation. She’s been moved around the system since she left home at 16. She’s also been called a stain on society. And she’s caught in a poverty trap. ‘Skint Estate’ is the hard-hitting debut memoir about impoverishment, loneliness and violence – set against a grim landscape of sink estates, police cells, refuges, and peepshows. Told frankly, but with a swaggerous eye roll and a smirk, Cash delves into the reality of family estrangement, mental illness, alcoholism, and domestic violence in working-class Britain today. The reality of her circumstances take us on her isolated journey, as benefit cuts, lone parenting and zero contract hours force her to turn to food banks, refuges, and temporary accommodation – and a feeling of displacement and separation follows.

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‘Brilliant, horrifying and really f***ing funny’ KATHY BURKE

‘Give[s] powerful voice to the often silent story that explains so much of Britain’s current fracturing’ OBSERVER

I’m a scrounger, a liar, a hypocrite, a stain on society with no basic morals – or so they say. After all, what else do you call a working-class single mum in temporary accommodation?

The darkly funny debut memoir from the creator of HBO and BBC’s Rain Dogs, Skint Estate is a scream against austerity that rises full of rage in a landscape of sink estates, police cells, refuges and peepshows.

A voice that must be heard.

‘Cash’s brutal honesty will leave you wanting to make a change, stand up and be heard. A must-read’ VICKY McCLURE

‘Extraordinary … Bursts with energy, wit and anger’ KEN LOACH

‘The new voice of a generation’ THE TIMES

‘Astonishingly brilliant … Raw, gut-wrenching and immensely moving’ RUTH JONES

‘A fascinating, shocking look at poverty and motherhood’ BILLIE PIPER

‘A howl of rage … I loved it’ THE IRISH TIMES

‘The definition of edgy’ LIONEL SHRIVER