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Books by Mike Marqusee

An “immensely readable series of essays, whose value is in direct relation to the depth of the experience from which they are drawn.”

[This review of The Price of Experience will appear in a future issue of Race and Class] HAZEL WATERS, Institute of Race Relations, reviews The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer By MIKE MARQUSEE (London, OR Books, 2014), 106 pp. £8.00. Why, I wondered, before I began reading, had Marqusee titled his collection… Read more

“An epiphany”

Mohan Rao reviews The Price of Experience for Economic and Political Weekly (India), August 16, 2014 Let me begin with disclosures: I know Mike Marqusee, and am a profound fan of his work. I loathe cricket, but read his book Anyone But England: An Outsider Looks at English Cricket (1994), a veritable political economy of… Read more

Post-op report

Dear friends, I’m back home after a week-long spell in the Royal London Hospital recovering from seven hours of surgery on my lower spine. The experience proved arduous, as grueling as it sounds, but the good news is that I’ve survived and should draw tangible benefit from it. What happened was that the revlimid therapy… Read more

“No ordinary account of living with cancer…”

Virginia Moffatt reviews The Price of Experience for Peace News, June 2014 ‘When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007, I vowed to friends I would not add to the surfeit of cancer confessionals’, Mike Marqusee writes in his introduction to this collection of essays. It was, however, a promise he ‘should have known’… Read more

“Nothing short of magic”

Steve Andrew reviews The Price of Experience for The Morning Star, 12 May, 2014 WHEN Mike Marqusee was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007 he was adamant, largely for reasons of privacy, that he wasn’t going to write about his experience. But he changed his mind and a good thing he did so because he… Read more

Original things to say on a much covered subject

Mike Phipps reviews The Price of Experience for Labour Briefing, May 2014. When diagnosed with cancer in 2007, Mike Marqusee was determined not to write about it. We should be thankful that he has done so, because on this much-covered subject, he has many original things to say. Politicians talk about waging a “war on… Read more

Street Music at Housmans Bookshop – December 2012

Audio recording of Mike Marqusee reading poems from Street Music at Housmans Bookshop, 12 December 2012. With questions and comments on topics poetical and political. Welcome and introduction Multiple Myeloma Street Music Object Lesson / Egypt / It should not be difficult Do not believe that we grow This morning’s surprise Naming the book and poets Poetic… Read more

Saved by a wandering mind

Published by Level Playing Field, August 2009. A collection of poems written over the past twelve years. Here are two poems from Saved by a wandering mind: Privatising the underground Riding the thronged tube at dusk he sought above the heads of passengers an emptiness in which he could think simple, impersonal thoughts. This grasping… Read more

Journey of events and evidence

If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew by Mike Marqusee reviewed by Daniel Machover, Socialist Lawyer, September 2008 “a highly readable and engaging mix of biography, autobiography and political analysis…” This book tracks the life of the author’s grandfather, Edward V Morand (known in the book as EVM), a journalist, founder… Read more

Against the grain

Daphna Baram salutes Mike Marqusee’s honest appraisal of his radical journey through religion and politics, If I Am Not for Myself Review in The Guardian, April 19 2008 The Mishnaic scholar Old Hillel is known, in both the Jewish and non-Jewish world, for his saying “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” It is no… Read more