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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

THE LOST DECADE 2010 - 2020


An authoritative survey of Britain between 2010–20 from the critically acclaimed authors of Cameron's Coup and Dismembered.


What went wrong? What went right? And where do we go from here?


From austerity to Brexit, food banks to Grenfell, the gloomy decade from 2010 to 2020 has been marked by political paralysis and national malaise. But there were spots of light amid the darkness. Despite the cuts, the arts and creative industries flourished; some progress was made on renewable energy; same sex marriage was legalised; crime rates reduced. And we drank more craft gin.


As the dust settles on The Lost Decade, Polly Toynbee and David Walker offer the definitive survey of this tumultuous era. Here is the objective evidence of what happened. Blending the numbers with illuminating insight into the everyday experiences of people across the UK, the book gives an unmissable account of how we got here – and of what now lies ahead. Polly Toynbee and David Walker have co-authored several works of non-fiction, most recently Cameron’s Coup: How the Tories Took Britain to the Brink and Dismembered: How the Conservative Attack on the State Harms Us All.


Polly Toynbee is a columnist for the Guardian.


David Walker is a contributing editor to the Guardian Public and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.