Mark Perryman
Mark Perryman is a research fellow in sport and leisure culture at the Chelsea School, University of Brighton and co-founder of Philosophy Football. Mark's new book 1966 and Not All That is published by Repeater Books in 2016.

Entries by Mark Perryman

Autumn Books for the Corbyn Effect

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (10:56)

Peter Mair's superb short book Ruling the Void is rightly regarded as the
essential text on the subject of disaffection with mainstream politics.
The brilliant Inventing the Future describes a post capitalist politics that
understands social, economic and culturalchange without being seduced...

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Summer of Sport 2015 Top Ten Reads

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (11:19)

English football's Premiership (sic), the best league in the world? The same 4 clubs, well give or take one perhaps, could be jotted down on a scrap of paper every August with a cast-iron guarantee they will fill the Champions League places, year in, year out. Tedium, its the brand...

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Liberté, Égalité, Vélocité

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2015 | (12:41)

Le Tour is now as much a fixture of the Great British Sporting Summer as Wimbledon strawberries and cream, a flutter on the Derby, England's bi-annual early exit from a Euro or a World Cup and the five-day drama of an Ashes Test, weather permitting.

It wasn't always thus. Not...

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When It Comes to Fifa the English FA's Not Got a Leg to Stand On

(0) Comments | Posted 1 June 2015 | (12:24)

"I'm incredibly disappointed with the timing of what the BBC seem to be proposing with Panorama. To do it the week before the vote - I don't think think it's patriotic." Andy Anson, Director England World Cup 2018 Bid, November 2010

That's right, on the eve of England's doomed bid...

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A Manifesto of Good Reads

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2015 | (12:29)

Veteran rebel Tariq Ali proves the durability of a countercultural idealism. Tariq's new book Extreme Centre is a splendid denunciation of the battle for the middle ground.
After Neoliberalism? and its companion volume
The Neoliberal Crisis are both framed by a similar 1968-inflected...

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Not a Lot of Peace. Too Much Ill Will. A Good Seasonal Read Needed

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (11:09)

Bah! Humbug? Well, not exactly but in a world of not much peace and plenty of ill-will what do you buy for those in your life clinging on to the ideal that the point is to change it? Here's my top ten, not guaranteed to cheer them up mind.


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Beyond the Froth

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2014 | (11:49)

I'm sorry but you won't find here the just-in-time-for Christmas sports autobiography blockbusters. With enough manufactured controversy to ensure blanket coverage when they are launched even a skim read will reveal that on the contrary they tell the reader very little they didn't either know or suspect already.

Instead I...

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A Breath of Fresh Air

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2014 | (12:43)

Two writers in particular serve to symbolise a brightness of purpose outside the mainstream. Laurie Penny's Unspeakable Things is the latest collection of her writing.This is feminism with no apologies given, no compromises surrendered and a sharp-edged radicalism all the better for both.
The Establishment by...

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Red, White, Blue and Green with Envy

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2014 | (14:35)

OK , votes from East Sussex for Scottish independence are going to amount to diddly-squat next Thursday. But its the thought that counts. I've never had a problem with Scottish independence. The sooner the better in my book,I've written several on the subject, because when Scotland becomes what it always...

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Reading Le Tour

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2014 | (20:53)

Tim Moore's French Revolutions is one of the best introductions to the scale and ambition of Le Tour from a cyclist's point of view as he retells the experience of riding all 3,630km of one year's route. Ned Boulting's brilliantly idiosyncratic How I Won the Yellow Jumper is...

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Tour De Angleterre Avec France

(1) Comments | Posted 24 June 2014 | (12:08)

No expensive new stadiums and arenas, often to be barely used after the extravaganza is over, sold off or knocked down. In fact no new infrastructure at all, apart from filling in the potholes on the road.

Free to watch. No frustrating battle for overpriced tickets, just turn up at...

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The World Cup of Our Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2014 | (12:16)

The professionally cautious Roy Hodgson just couldn't resist it could he? 'England can win this World Cup' he declares on the eve of the tournament. Not if Roy consults the match histories elegantly provided by Brain Glanville's classic The Story of the World Cup they won't. No European side...

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Our World of Sport

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2014 | (20:54)

The glorious appeal of sport is its unpredictability. A year ago Man Utd won the League by 11 points with Sir Alex in his retirement pomp. A year later Utd managed to hold on to 7th place. The best sportswriters engage with the cause and effect of unpredictability to capture...

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Spring Into Action

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2014 | (12:31)

The Oxford Handbook of The History of Communism is as comprehensive as it is challenging. Communism sparked a counter all of its own making 'anti-communism' which is carefully dissected by the latest edition of the journal Twentieth Century Communism. French revolutionary of the '68 vintage, Daniel Bensaid's...

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For Those Not in Favour

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2014 | (10:44)

When the Con-Dems ushered in the bright shiny new era of coalition politics with a tripling of student tuition fees the wave of anger this provoked seemed to suggest a popular opposition would be an enduring feature of this government's term in office. Prominent student leader Clare Solomon described...

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Did You Dig Deep in '84?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2014 | (09:39)

Do you remember1984-85? Digging deeper for the miners. Frankie Goes to Hollywood at number one. Everton win the league championship. And a medium-sized t-shirt was ample big enough. For those whose principles have endured the test of time it all seems just like yesterday and Tony Blair only a bad...

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New Year Sport Revolutions

(0) Comments | Posted 29 December 2013 | (05:49)

One Understand London 2012 as a magnificent spectacle. With the same applying to all other mega-event sports, in 2014 we will have the Winter Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games. Volume Two of the Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provides the most authoritative account available...

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Presents Tense

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2013 | (06:56)

A guide for books to give the Lefty in your life this Christmas:

A superb read therefore over the 12 days of Christmas would be the poetry collection compiled by Carol Ann Duffy 1914 Poetry Remembers, moving and thought-provoking from the War Poets and today's verse-writers too. An equally...

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Books for a Season of Rain and Grey Skies

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2013 | (06:52)

It was three decades ago, in 1983, that Garry Whannel wrote the pioneering book Blowing the Whistle: The Politics of Sport. He summed up what was then a prevailing attitude and is still largely the same 30 years on today . " Sport is marked down as a natural, taken-for-granted...

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Books for an Autumn of Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (19:02)

Looking out across the terrain of mainstream politics, here are some books to provide dreams of a better tomorrow.

The Village against the World by Dan Hancox is a primer for any vision of hope. Utopian? No, rather it is rooted in the lived experience of...

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