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 Marx’s “Das Kapital”: A Biography from the “Books That Shook the World” series.
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.