What does it mean to be poor? For decades the dominant narrative in the UK and US has been that it is caused by personal flaws or `bad life decisions'. People are `lazy', `dependent' and `irresponsible'. This `story' has become embedded in the public consciousness with serious ramifications for how financially vulnerable people are seen, spoken about and treated. Drawing on a two-year story-telling project and her own experience of childhood poverty, this book by award-winning journalist and author Mary O'Hara, argues for a radical overhaul of this fundamentally pernicious portrayal. Crucially, it turns to the real experts to try to find answers - the people who live it.