In austerity Britain, disabled people have become the favourite target. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and media alike have made the case Britain’s 12 million disabled people are a drain on the public purse. In Crippled, leading commentator Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the story of those most affected by this devastating regime. This includes a paralyzed man forced to crawl down the stairs because the council wouldn’t provide accessible housing; the malnourished woman sleeping in her wheelchair; and the young girl with bipolar forced to turn to sex work to survive. ********Join us at Waterstones Nottingham for what promises to be a compelling and thought-provoking evening with Guardian columnist Frances Ryan, who will be in conversation with Patrick Butler. She will be discussing her book Crippled, and the demonization of society's 'most vulnerable'.********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 Sunday Politics and more. Her weekly Guardian column, “Hardworking Britain,” has been at the forefront of coverage of austerity. 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.Patrick Butler is editor of society, health and education policy for the Guardian.