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What's Going On?: The Meanderings of a Comic Mind in Confusion Paperback – 6 Apr 2009
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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.
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My abiding memory of reading this is of laughing out loud on almost every page. I'm sorry (for his sake) that the book also charts the disintegration of his relationship with his partner.
I love his Radio 4 series (Lectures on Great Minds, and also particular towns - can't remember the actual titles). I'm full of admiration for the guy and wish him very well.
Oh, how wrong I was.
What's Going On paints a poignant, honest and at times heartbreaking parallel between the breakup of Mark Steel's relationship and his decision to part with his beloved Socialist Workers' Party (SWP). He writes without any pretension and is funny, thoughtful and insightful. There are some rousing passages peppered throughout the book about effecting change; but more than anything the book highlighted the desperate futility of the fight against the evils of Capitalism which the quote I have used in the title of this review I think sums up beautifully.
Whether you are sympathetic with Mark Steel's politics or not; I challenge anyone not to be a little bit moved by this book. Go on!