Mark Perryman
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Mark Perryman is the author of the newly published Why The Olympics Aren't Good For Us, And How They Can Be. He is a research fellow in sport and leisure culture at the Chelsea School, University of Brighton and co-founder of Philosophy Football.

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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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Making the Case for a Progressive Common Sense

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (15:51)

As the Party Conference season draws to a close the disconnect between the politics of the Westminster bubble and the rest of us couldn't be more obvious. Persons in suits, mostly men, addressing other persons in suits, mostly men, given huge chunks of airtime while their party membership figures...

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Ten Books for a Second Summer of Sport

(0) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (06:31)

Capitalism and Sport

Edited by Michael Lavalette Capitalism and Sport has an oppositional approach to the business of sport. The tone is angry yet never fails to be appreciative of the sports the authors clearly hugely enjoy despite their opposition to the economic structure that frames...

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Red Hot Top 10 Summer Political Reading

(1) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (18:01)

The silly season? For the Westminster bubble it would be hard to identify a month in the year when 'silly' isn't too soft an epithet to describe what most MPs get up to, supposedly on our behalf. But with Parliament in recess the commentariat like to spread the idea that...

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Va-Va Froome

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (14:30)

A British encore in the Tour de France. Not even a sniff of winning the yellow jersey for 99 years, now we have two in quick succession.

A number of writers are already suggesting that alongside Murray, the Lions, Justin Rose and a 2-0 lead in the Ashes...

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All Our Sporting Summers Rolled Into One

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (09:51)

" The imagined community of millions seems more real as a team of eleven named people" Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm's acute observation concerning the impact of sport on national identity has been carted out so often that it is in danger of descending into becoming a cliché. Yet its...

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How Does 2012's Team GB Golden Glow Look One Year On?

(1) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (11:21)

Many believe that London's 2005 bid to host the Olympics bid was given the edge over the favourite, Paris, by Seb Coe's passionate promotion of London as a multicultural city, a home to the world. As the bid presentation ended in Singapore Seb introduced on stage thirty youngsters " Each...

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