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It began with the banks. Then house prices began to tumble. In the months that followed, the shock waves spread, engulfing first high streets, then factories – and thousands of jobs. In this gripping account, Paul Vallely travels across Britain to meet the people whose lives – and livelihoods – have fallen victim to the domino effect that left a nation broken
Edouard d'Archimbaud spent Monday night drowning his sorrows. Now he has to find a new job. Mark Hughes reports