BOOK RELEASE: There’s No Place

My book, There’s No Place: The American Housing Crisis and what it means for the UK, will be published in June.  Here’s what some people are saying about it:

“Glyn Robbins knows what he’s talking about.  If words are weapons, this will be just the ammunition we need to fight for an end to homelessness.”  Ken Loach

“I don’t know of any text that takes on as many of the key housing challenges in a single volume.  It’s also unusual because it’s grounded by clearly voiced views of local housing activists.”  Professor Larry Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“This is a gripping and thoroughly accessible read: an essential tool for everyone concerned with the housing crisis – what needs to be done and what activists are doing to campaign for secure, affordable housing for all.” Professor Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths, University of London

“Glyn Robbins brings a sharp and sympathetic eye to contemporary US struggles to Save Our Homes in the face of privatisation, deregulation and cuts.  Readers will find much to resonate and reflect on as global capital tightens its death grip on our communities.” Michael Kane, Executive Director, National Alliance of HUD Tenants

The book comes at a critical moment for the future of housing in the US and UK.  The election of Donald Trump makes a property developer “the most powerful man in the world”.  For Americans with low-incomes, the limited help to keep a home they can afford is at risk.  In the UK, the pending general election finds housing at a crossroads between a revival of non-market housing or letting the market rip.

There’s No Place tells the story of resistance and struggle at local level through the voices of those fighting to save their homes.  Each chapter covers a different aspect of the trans-Atlantic housing crisis based on detailed field research and interviews in Boston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington DC.

If you’d like to pre-order a copy, please contact me via this blog, Twitter, Facebook or email redroofpublishing1@gmail. com

Price is £10 ($12), plus post and packaging.  All proceeds after costs will go to US and UK housing campaigns.

(Please get in touch if you’d like to organise a meeting, lecture or event around the themes of the book.)

 

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12 Responses to BOOK RELEASE: There’s No Place

  1. Juliet BT says:

    Hi Glyn Hope th

  2. Andrew Lloyd says:

    Not sure this posted before. I would love a copy of the book. Please let me know how to go about this.

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  4. Paul Smith says:

    Excellent book, thank you

    • Glyn Robbins says:

      Thanks Paul, appreciate that. Very happy to come to Bristol to talk to LP members about the book and its issues, if that’s of interest. Best wishes, G

      • Paul Smith says:

        I’ll see what I can do, just had dispossession screened locally, have you seen it? Resonates with the themes in your book, confirms the transfer of US ideology to Britain

      • Glyn Robbins says:

        Yes, seen it Paul. As you say, resonates. For many reasons, now is the time to ramp-up the housing campaign. We’re at a crossroads. Next big landmark I’m involved with is a national summit in central London (sorry) on 7th October. Be great to see you and other Bristolians there. I can send you more details if you email me – glynrobbins@aol.com

  5. Andrew Lloyd says:

    Hi, I have now read your book and really enjoyed it. It was by turns fascinating, depressing, bleak and inspiring. The thing is, where do you start in turning around opinion on council housing? It all feels a bit David and Goliath (albeit David won that one!). Corbyn apart, I was struck by the apparent absence of politicians within housing campaigns. Would Chuka Umunna ever back you? He should. I live in Eastbourne and we don’t have any Labour councillors, I don’t think, but we do have a seemingly good Labour candidate for MP, though he’s 20,000 votes or so from being elected. I smiled at your observation on how British people sit on their hands when volunteers are required. I could be like that; however, I would love to do something, however small, to help. One thing I can do is recommend your book and it’s beliefs to Jake Lambert, the aforementioned candidate. I’ll contact him.

    • Glyn Robbins says:

      Thanks Andrew, I really appreciate your comments. I think you’re right. One of the problems we face is the increasing sense that housing is out of our control. The passivity of politicians like Chuka Umunna re-enforces that. But we can’t wait for politicians to solve the housing crisis, any more than we can trust property developers to do the same. That said, ultimately housing comes down to politics and we have to win an argument, not just for council housing, but for decent, secure, truly affordable and safe homes for all. So you talking to Jake Lambert about the issues in my book can make a difference. Housing has rarely been more politically sensitive than it is now, even in Eastbourne (one of my favourite places incidentally). We have to seize this moment. If Mr Lambert’s interested, I’d be very happy to come down and talk about the book and its issues in the town.

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