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Social Environment of the Disease in the UK

Fighting and Living with Cancer

The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer by Mike Marqusee (London: OR Books), 2014; pp 106, $13, paperback.

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 cricket, with great joy and discovery. I deeply admired If I Am Not ­Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew (2010), a brave and difficult book to write. I have also read his columns in The Hindu, especially those on the kacheris he attended at the Madras Music Academy. What an extraordinary American, with a passion for cricket and for Carnatic music! He has been a British citizen for a long time, travelling frequently to India and is a prodigious ­writer on a remarkably wide range of ­issues. What is more, he writes beautifully, with coruscating flourishes of history and of poetry, that I admire and envy. The title to this book is derived from William Blake’s poem, “The Price of Experience”.

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