Owen Jones has worked in the British Parliament as a trade union lobbyist and parliamentary researcher. He is currently writing a PhD on the history of blue-collar America and the rise of the New Right. He lives in London.
"A passionate and well-documented denunciation of the upper-class
contempt for the proles that has recently become so visible in the
British class system."--Eric Hobsbawm, "Guardian"
"A work of passion, sympathy and moral grace."--Dwight Garner, "New York Times"
"A bold attempt to rewind political orthodoxies; to reintroduce class as a political variable ... It moves in and out of postwar British history with great agility, weaving together complex questions of class, culture and identity with a lightness of touch. Jones torches the political class to great effect."--Jon Cruddas, "Book of the Week, Independent"
"It is a timely book. The white working class seems to be the one group in society that it is still acceptable to sneer at, ridicule, even incite hatred against ... Forensically ... Jones seeks to explain how, thanks to politics, the working class has shifted from being regarded as 'the salt of the earth to the scum of the earth.'"--Carol Midgley, "Book of the Week, Times"
"Superb and angry."--Polly Toynbee, "Guardian"
"Seen in the light of the riots and the worldwide Occupy protests, his lucid analysis of a divided society appears uncannily prescient."--Matthew Higgs, "Artforum"
"As with all the best polemics, a luminous anger backlights his prose."--"Economist"
"Chavs is persuasively argued, and packed full of good reporting and useful information ... [Jones] makes an important contribution to a revivified debate about class."--Lynsey Hanley, "Guardian"
"A lively, well-reasoned and informative counterblast to the notion that Britain is now more or less a classless society."--Sean O'Hagan, "Observer"
"A trenchant exposure of our new class hatred and what lies behind it."--John Carey, author of "The Intellectuals and the Masses"
"The stereotyping and hatred of the working class in Britain, documented so clearly by Owen Jones in this important book, should cause all to flinch. Reflecting our