Journalist, essayist, novelist and contributing editor at the LRB James Meek was propelled to fame in 2005 with the publication of The People’s Act of Love, set during the Russian Civil War, which Antony Beevor described as ‘an exceptional event in English literature’. Now, with To Calais, In Ordinary Time (Canongate), he returns to historical fiction with a thrilling evocation of Europe in the 14th Century, drawing uncanny parallels between the onset of the Black Death and our own ensuing environmental catastrophe.
He will be reading from his latest book, and discussing it with writer and journalist Charlotte Higgins, who has written of it ‘I was incapable of ripping myself away from this novel once I began it. James Meek is the bold creator of a world that I felt I could see, hear, smell and taste with complete clarity. What an excellent storyteller he is’.