'I picked up this book thinking I'd get some history lessons and, obviously, a couple of jokes -- but it is so much more than that. Mark Steel has written a story which marries the personal and political and has lessons for all of us who care about socialism' Tribune 18/7 'Affably angry...his book -- which documents his dawning awareness that, in the age of New Labour, socialism is a busted flush -- bubbles over with amused fury' Telegraph 9/8 'Perceptive and engaging... Mark is, for example, eloquent about the immense power of the media and their culture of celebrity to deflect and to incorporate' Socialist Review Sept '08 'Steel situates his personal angst beneath the civic confusion of the mass of disgruntled voters who have discovered that they're helpless to change anything' Guardian 9/8 'Steel steers a finely judged course between the maudlin and the flippant, and the result is both funny and touching... [A] sense of being in a world where the old verities are crumbling makes Steel sadder and wiser, but far more likable, and no less witty' Independent on Sunday 3/8 'There is no getting away from Steel's talent as a comedian so brace yourself for embarrassing outburst of laughter if you read this on the train... This is Steel at his best' Sunday Express 24/8 'What's Going On? proves [Steel] is much more than just a grumpy old man' Independent 27/3
About the Author
Mark Steel is a writer, presenter and comedian. His TV and radio series include The Mark Steel Solution, The Mark Steel Revolution and The Mark Steel Lectures. He writes a weekly column for the Independent newspaper and is a regular on Radio 4's Loose Ends and The News Quiz. He lives in London.