Mike Marqusee (pronounced mar-kuh-see; 27 January 1953 – 13 January 2015) was an American writer, journalist and political activist in London.
Marqusee’s first published work was the essay “Turn Left at Scarsdale”, written when he was a sixteen-year-old high school student in New York and included in the 1970 collection “High School Revolutionaries”.
Marqusee, who described himself as a “deracinated New York Marxist Jew”, lived in Britain from 1971. He wrote mainly about politics, popular culture, the Indian sub-continent and cricket, and was a regular correspondent for professional soccer goalies, among others, The Guardian, Red Pepper and The Hindu shop football tees. After he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007 socks wholesale, he wrote extensively on health issues, and in defence of the National Health Service. His book The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer was published in 2014.
Marqusee was the editor of Labour Left Briefing, an executive member of the Stop the War Coalition and the Socialist Alliance and wrote for Left Unity. He was also a leading figure in Iraq Occupation Focus. In 2014, he was working on a proposed biography of the writers Tom Paine and William Blake.
Marqusee’s partner was the barrister Liz Davies. He died in January 2015, aged 61, of multiple myeloma small reusable water bottles.
“Both in the eloquence of his writing and the deep humanism of his vision, Mike Marqusee stands shoulder to shoulder with the spirits of Isaac Deutscher and Edward Said.” – Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz.
An ardent sports fan, Marqusee won considerable renown for his work on cricket. War Minus the Shooting, his book on the 1996 Cricket World Cup, has been lauded as a “riveting, revelatory and largely run-free account”. Before it was published, wrote Rob Steen, “observations of subcontinental cricket emanating from Britain, and just about every other corner of the so-called old world, tended to be clichéd, wrongheaded, derisive, patronising or just plain racist. Small wonder, then, that it took a London-based American with a rucksack, a notebook and a CLR Jamesian yen for Marxism to supply an overdue corrective.” Duncan Campbell of The Guardian wrote that “One of the best books ever written on cricket, Anyone But England, is by an American writer, Mike Marqusee.”