With all the discussion and articles being written about the riots and the underlying problems, I thought it might be interesting to talk about books that you have been introduced to as a result of this.
I read an excellent article in one of the papers yesterday by the author of To Miss with Love, Katharine Birbalsingh. I've just put it on my kindle.
I opened this thinking what a strange question it was and am not really sure what sort of thing you're looking for BUT two that spring to mind are:
'A Clockwork Orange' (horribly brilliant) and '1984' as both imagine a future that one would hope would never come to pass and the situation this week is showing a Britain that I didn't think would (or hoped wouldn't?) come to pass either.
I suppose that I was thinking of books that reflect the current situation in some form. Writers always have a way of dealing with the underlying issues, or at least touching on them. I remember reading so many books after the Asian tsunami, to give an example, that helped me.
I guess what my poorly worded question in the thread title was actually asking was can you suggest books that will help us to understand how we, as a country, reached this point.
I've just realised that the book mentioned in my first post is in fact non-fiction. Apologies for that oversight.
I read a brilliant book about the history of council housing once, based mainly on a huge estate outside Birmingham. Wish I could remember what it was called, as think you'd probably be interested in it.