Francis Wheen's biography on the Harper Collins website reads:
- Francis Wheen is a prolific freelance journalist and broadcaster, and has worked for the New Statesman, Independent, Mirror, Gay News, Today, New Socialist and Tatler. Having presented News-Stand on BBC Radio 4 for a number of years, Francis has appeared often on ITV’s What the Papers Say and more recently on BBC2’s Have I Got News For You. He is now the writer of Wheen’s World a regular column appearing in the Guardian – for which he was voted Columnist of the Year. His previous books include The Sixties (1982), Television (1985), The Battle for London (1985), Tom Driberg (1990) which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award, and the bestselling How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World (2004). Karl Marx was published by Fourth Estate in 2000 and was shortlisted for numerous awards.