'Out of the ashes, what kind of country do we want to build?'
David Lammy MP predicted the riots of 2011 a year before they took place. Following the violence he spoke passionately for his constituents. Now, in Out of the Ashes, he analyses the causes of the disturbances and their implications for the future.
He draws on his experience of growing up in Tottenham - the area he now represents and the place where the riots began. He explores the human stories behind the headlines. Above all, he seeks to explain why the breakdown of law and order was so swift and so widespread, and offers a way forward for Britain that is both practical and inspirational.
All author proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to charitable causes.
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Out Of The Ashes is full of ideas and insight, and presents a politician with a genuine understanding of the difficulties and fears of the people he represents - a quality we're going to need as much of as possible in the years ahead - Huffington Post UK
Lammy offers thoughtful arguments about immigration, work, masculinity and crime and punishment - New Statesman
Part memoir, part political essay, Out of the Ashes aims to 'offer a way forward for Britain' following this summer's riots. This is an ambitious task. But David Lammy hits the ground running ... and his book demands to be read - Guardian
Compelling - Independent
The book has an authenticity that only David Lammy, with his upbringing and all-consuming dedication to Tottenham, could achieve. Anyone who has trouble understanding why these riots happened will find this book enlightening. I learnt much from it - Telegraph.co.uk
An engaging mix of autobiography and a sharp critique of New Labour (and Britain) in decline … this is an important book for both Labour and Britain - Spectator.co.uk
Few people are better qualified to pronounce on August’s riots than the Labour MP David Lammy … An astonishingly thorough and finely nuanced analysis … [and] instructed and impassioned book' Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph - Daily Telegraph
The most surprising and thought-provoking analysis ... completely free from the usual political jargon ...[Lammy's] fearless book could well mark a turning-point for the Labour Party - Daily Telegraph
Rooted in [Lammy's] own experiences and those of his constituents; his passion for them, and for their troubles, shines out. Full of ideas and well researched ... His views on the police, social responsibility, punishment, benefits and low-paid work are all absorbing … The tragedy for the UK and the real cause behind the riots is that in our society Lammy is the exception and not the norm - Sunday Times
About the Author
David Lammy was born in Tottenham in 1972, one of five children raised by a single mother. At the age of 11 he won a choral scholarship to The King's School in Peterborough and subsequently read Law at SOAS and the Harvard Law School, where he was the first black Briton to study for a Masters degree in Law.
In 2000 he became Labour MP for Tottenham, before serving in the Blair and Brown governments. He has written on numerous occasions for national publications, including the Guardian, The Times, New Statesman and Spectator. He predicted social unrest on a number of occasions before the riots broke out and spoke passionately for his constituents in the wake of the riots.