Barbara Ehrenreich’s classic Nickel and Dimed has been re-worked and re-released for 2011.   10 years after the original, the analysis seems to have held up pretty well, but has by and large been ignored as we have continued pretty much with business as usual, in spite of significant, widespread if sporadic traumas.

Although written about the experience of  being poor in the US there is much of relevance to the UK.