Book launch event: The politics of cancer in an age of austerity

Join us for an evening of discussion at the London book launch of Mike Marqusee’s latest book ‘The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer’, Wednesday 2 July.

June 29, 2014 · 3 min read

Book Launch: Wednesday 2 July, 7-9pm, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX

Price of Experience coverMike Marqusee is an American-born writer, journalist and political activist who has lived in Britain since 1971. He is the author of numerous books including If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the Sixties, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, a novel, Slow Turn, and a collection of poetry, Street Music. Mike also writes a regular column for Red Pepper, ‘Contending for the Living‘.

Mike’s latest book explores the personal, social and political dimensions of living with cancer, an illness that will affect one in three people in the course of their lives.

At this event Mike will speak on the politics of cancer in the age of austerity, and will be joined by Wendy Savage of Keep our NHS Public.

There will be time for questions, comments and discussion on the issues raised by the book. Refreshments will be available at the event.


***£3 entrance, redeemable against any purchase***

***Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event***

“Eloquently written, passionate, sad, joyous, and above all politically engaged, this book is an epiphany. It shows us how health and disease are socially made, and how disease priorities are set in societies by larger economic and political forces. And that we as people will collectively have to claim our futures… It is compulsory reading.” — Mohan Rao, professor of public medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

“A wonderfully written book combining the politics of health with the experience of having cancer” — Dr. Jenny Edge

Mike’s writing has featured in Red Pepper for many years. For a taster of the book, take a look at this article from 2009 on The politics of cancer  from 2009, that reads as powerfully as ever today and is featured in the book under the title A conscript in the ‘War on Cancer’.

Red Pepper is delighted to be sponsoring this event, alongside OR Books and Keep Our NHS Public.


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