What's Going On?: The Meanderings of a Comic Mind in Confusion by Mark Steel

  • September 19, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Comedian Mark Steel has spent most of his life a committed, signed-up member of the Socialist Workers Party. The Labour Party coming to power in 1997 could have been the start of a new political dawn for Mark and for Britain. But instead, big business and war-mongering thrived under New Labour, and in many ways the working class seemed to become more marginalised. Petty bickering and in-fighting racked the SWP, numbers dwindled horribly, socialism became a dirty word and Mark Steel began to think the unthinkable ...do I really want to belong to this rabble anymore? At the same time, entering his forties, Mark's personal life began to disintegrate. Spending many sleepless nights on the sofa, watching inane cable TV into the early hours of the morning, Mark asked himself the question, 'What is Going On?' In a book that goes right to the heart of Britain and the problems it suffers today, Mark wonders why over a million people marching in London couldn't stop the war in Iraq, why supermarkets are killing the small town centres of Britain and why George Galloway went on Celebrity Big Brother destroying any political credibility he may have had in the blink of a cat's eye.  Bitingly funny, poignant, sharply observed and very much of the moment, this is Mark Steel at his brilliantly intelligent best.

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  • Fiona M.

    Hey. I hate to do this at such short notice but I'm not going to make it tonight. Really liked the book. Won't be at Oct meeting. See you in Nov.

    September 19, 2013

  • Ash

    I'm sorry I will not be able to attend tonight. I' m doing a OPen uni course and have a report due in tomorrow. I need to spend this evening checking and double checking it. Will hopefully get to meet you all at the next one!

    September 19, 2013

  • Sara K.

    So sorry guys- I know a lot of people have pulled out this month, but I'm just home from an unexpectedly unpleasant trip to the dentist, and I'm going to curl up in a ball now. See you next month.

    September 19, 2013

  • Faye T.

    Sorry folks got to cancel have to work late again will try for october really enjoyed book though disappointed cant make it luv faye taylor

    September 19, 2013

  • Natalie D.

    I'm not able to make this meet up as I'm away with work. Will try to make the next one!

    September 16, 2013

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    A former member

    thanks Sue for your reply, I will therefore come on Thursday, looking forward to it

    September 16, 2013

  • eleanor g.

    Unfortunately cant make the September meeting but look forward to meeting everyone in October

    September 15, 2013

  • Clare R.

    I am so sorry I will be travelling back from London due to a last minute work event :(

    September 14, 2013

  • Helen P.

    I signed up for 19 Sept but now have to withdraw. Apologies. HOWEVER I bought the book 'What's going on?'(£7.99)and it's brand new, unopened. I'll sell it for £5. Anyone interested?

    September 2, 2013

  • susan w.

    Hi Liam - Whoops, I feel an apology coming on as I couldn't find it on the library site (should have checked before putting this one in for September). Anyone got a hard copy they have read & could get to Liam? Looks like the Kindle to the rescue for me too.

    August 29, 2013

    • Liam K.

      Don't worry about it Sue. I'll just have to bite the bullet and buy it

      August 29, 2013

  • Brian M.

    Amazon.uk has the book for sale 24 hour delivery.

    August 29, 2013

  • Liam K.

    Is anyone else having problems finding this in the library? Trying to avoid having to buy it...

    August 29, 2013

    • Fiona M.

      Hi Liam. I just bought it for my kindle.

      August 29, 2013

    • Sara K.

      I did the same. I swear, the Kindle is like reader's crack...

      1 · August 29, 2013

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