Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People

Backorder (temporarily out of stock)

Product Details

Publish Date
5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Dr. Frances Ryan is a journalist, broadcaster and campaigner. Named one of the UK's most influential disabled people by the Shaw Trust in 2018, her work has taken her to lecture halls, the Women of the World Festival, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and The World Tonight, BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Sunday Politics, Channel 4 News and more. Her weekly Guardian column, Hardworking Britain, has been at the forefront of coverage of austerity over the last decade. She has a doctorate in politics from The University of Nottingham. Ryan was highly commended Specialist Journalist of the Year at the 2019 National Press Awards for her work on disability, as well as shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils 2019 and shortlisted for the 2020 Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism. This is her first book.


"Frances Ryan reminds us what real investigative journalism looks like--except that this is a book, compelling in the case it makes. Vulnerable, disabled people are treated with conscious cruelty by politicians who have closed their eyes to the despair they have caused. We know that the welfare state has been almost wrecked, but Frances Ryan's impeccable research shows, in detail, what this means in the daily lives of those with disabilities. Keep this book on your shelves, refer it often, and use the ammunition in its pages to bring back compassion and dignity for all our citizens."
--Ken Loach, director of I, Daniel Blake

"Read this, get angry and act: some of society's most marginalised people are depending on it."

"Ryan takes us on a tour of Britain to demonstrate how the rights of disabled people have been curtailed. Crippled marshals wide-ranging research and on-the-ground reportage as well as bristling with anger. It's sobering, but fundamentally necessary."
--Financial Times

"A blistering polemic, full of telling details."

"A devastating look at both the policies that impact disabled people and the toxic rhetoric behind them--and what needs to change to make it right."

"In Crippled, Frances Ryan, a fine journalist, broadcaster and campaigner for disability rights, robustly stacks up the evidence that ought to put politicians - especially chancellors - in the dock."
--Yvonne Roberts, Observer

"Crippled is a timely read that could bring anyone out of a Brexit news-induced stupor."

"Comprehensively and competently dissects the spin behind austerity, and its most unpardonable effects."

"This devastating depiction of the impact of austerity on disabled people should shake our political system to its foundations. Frances Ryan forensically exposes the scandalous politics that have left so many disabled people cold, hungry, living in poverty and pain and often suicidal. It's a cry from the heart but more importantly it's a determine demand for change."
--John McDonnell

"Ryan is an expert in her field. Furthermore, as a disabled person writing about disabled peopleąs rights and issues, her voice is a vital addition to the debate. Essential reading."
--Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

"No one has done more to shed light on how austerity is harming disabled peoples lives. This book is so important, it should be read at least by every policy maker in the country."
--Jess Phillips, Member of Parliament

"A fascinating insight into the harsh realities of living as a disabled person in the 21st century. A must read for anyone with a conscience."
--Lee Ridley (aka "Lost Voice Guy")

"I wish I could force everyone in the UK to read this book. It's a ferocious, thoroughly substantiated indictment of this government's maltreatment of its disabled children, women and men. It's not a secret that austerity is a choice, but Frances Ryan intimately maps this calculated evil and the cost, in lives, it exacts."
--Rob Delaney

"A brilliant, bitter blend of polemic and reportage that is certainly worthy of Orwell but which, more importantly, is eminently worthy of the betrayed citizens whose lives have been blighted by Tory austerity. It's high time a writer should do our disabled friends, family, colleagues and neighbours justice. It is forensic in its condemnation. It will make you rage."
--Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

"Fiercely angry, compulsory, and shocking reading--shining a vital light on the cruelty austerity Britain has meted out to those with disabilities. Do not look away. Read this and fight back."
--Angela Clarke

"Frances and her columns were a constant source of inspiration as we researched and prepared I, Daniel Blake. She never loses sympathy for the human experience, nor lets the personal story undermine the razor sharp analysis of power. Crippled is another stunning piece of investigative journalism. It does make the blood boil, and cuts right through the propaganda."
--Paul Laverty, screenwriter of I, Daniel Blake

"A devastatingly on-point critique of austerity politics and the worsening attitudes towards those with disabilities."
--Morning Star

"A powerful book ... Austerity kills and it is killing disabled people. Ryan does a brilliant job of describing the human costs."
--Fabian Society

"Frances Ryan's Crippled powerfully brings into sharp focus the lived experiences of disabled people."
--Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society

--Red Pepper

"Everyone should read this book."
--Labour Briefing

"A powerful statement of a compelling social issue ... [that] should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, political activists, government policy makers, and non-specialist general readers."
--Midwest Book Review

"This book should be widely read. Students of disability, those who work with us in any capacity and those who study social policy will particularly benefit from reading Crippled."
--Critical Social Policy