Tom Clark is a fellow at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a contributing editor at Prospect, the leading monthly magazine he edited from 2016 to 2021. He previously spent a decade at The Guardian, specialising in social affairs and economics, and rising to be the paper’s chief leader writer. Before journalism, he had spells working in Whitehall and at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Clark’s 2014 book Hard Times: Inequality, Recession, Aftermath, co-written with Anthony Heath, made sense of the fallout from the financial crisis with the same mix of human stories and analysis that gives Broke such clout. It was hailed as a must-read by everyone from Thomas Piketty to Gordon Brown.