The Most Rebellious Read of the 21st Century

Poverty Safari
We're excited to announce that Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey has been crowned the most rebellious read of the 21st century in our Book Week Scotland vote.

Poverty Safari, the best-selling memoir about growing up in Glasgow by writer and performer Darren McGarvey, aka Loki, claimed 44% of all votes cast. Poverty Safari was followed in second place by A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen. Bowen’s inspiring story, which is also autobiographical, focuses on the healing relationship that he developed with an injured cat whilst homeless. The Good Immigrant anthology edited by Nikesh Shukla, a crowdfunded book that challenges perceptions of immigrants with a diverse array of voices, took third place.


The top ten most rebellious reads of the 21st century, as voted by the public are:

1.         Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

2.         A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen

3.         The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

4.         Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

5.         Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y Davies

6.         I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

7.         I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

8.         Nasty Women by 404 Ink

9.         The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken by the Secret Barrister

10.       The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein