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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

Lo personal es político en el nuevo libro de Mike Marqusee

Spanish translation by Christine Lewis Carroll of the introduction to The Price of Experience Lo personal es político en el nuevo libro de Mike Marqusee sobre vivir con el cáncer. Cuando me diagnosticaron mieloma múltiple en 2007, prometí a mis amigos que no añadiría otro confesionario a los que ya existen sobre el cáncer. Tenía… 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

NHS staff must ignore the guilt-tripping and fight for fair pay

Far from ‘taking it out on the patients’, exploited health workers are actually taking action for my wellbeing The Guardian As a result of a long-term illness (multiple myeloma), visits to Barts and the Royal London hospitals have been part of my regular routine for some years. I never cease to marvel at the range… Read more

Surprisingly, I’m still alive

Dear friends, My oncologists are very happy with me at the moment. When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in mid-2007, I was given a prognosis of three-to-four years survival. My prospects were particularly miserable because the type of myeloma I have is associated with rapid deterioration. Yet here I am, more than six years… Read more

Iain Banks’s announcement: memento mori and wake-up call

The Guardian 6 April 2013 Receiving a cancer diagnosis, and with it, at times, a harsh prognosis, is inevitably a strange and disorientating experience. It poses awkward challenges for everyone concerned – doctors, patients, loved ones. There is in the end no one “right” way to breach news of this kind, which in any case… Read more

My stay of execution from cancer

The Guardian, 11 December Figures released by the Office for National Statistics confirm that more people are recovering from, or living longer with, cancer. Welcoming the news, Mike Hobday of Macmillan Cancer Support observed that for many patients, “cancer is now a long-term condition rather than an acute disease”. And there’s the rub. Surviving, it… Read more


For a long time I was perplexed by the phenomenon of “survivor’s guilt”. While I recognised it as a reality, a terrible affliction, and I could see its logic, to me that logic seemed perverse and alien. I couldn’t get inside it. Now five years after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone… Read more