" Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact". - Thomas Huxley

Francis Wheen

Francis Wheen is a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He is the author of several books including a biography of Karl Marx, which won the Isaac Deutscher Prize and is now regarded as one of the definitive sources on the subject. An award-winning column for The Guardian ran for several years. He is the deputy editor of Private Eye. His collected journalism – Hoo-hahs and Passing Frenzies won him the George Orwell Prize in 2003. His other books include Tom Driberg: His Life and Indiscretions, and the set-text for Little Atoms listeners, How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions. His latest book is Strange Days Indeed, a prequel of sorts to Mumbo Jumbo, was published by Fourth Estate in early September.

Francis can regularly be heard on Radio 4's The News Quiz, and seen on Have I Got News For You. His docudrama about Harold Wilson, The Lavender List, was broadcast on BBC4 in March 2006. Francis has been our guest on Little Atoms twice.

First interview broadcast on 13th October 2006.

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Second interview broadcast on 11th September 2009.

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