James Meek is a British writer and journalist. He was born in London and grew up in Dundee, Scotland.
Meek spent several years living in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s and now resides in London. He has published four novels and two short story collections. In 2004 he was named Foreign Correspondent and Amnesty Journalist of The Year. His third novel, The People’s Act of Love (2005), received significant critical acclaim and went on to win the Scottish Arts Council Book of Year Award and the Ondaatje Prize.
It has been translated into twenty languages. His fourth novel, We Are Now Beginning Our Descent (2008) won the Prince Maurice prize.
A film version of The People’s Act of Love adapted by Johnny Depp is in development.
Meek was on the staff of The Guardian newspaper until 2005 and has reported on subjects including the war in Iraq, the Chechen conflict, the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and tax avoidance by wealthy individuals in the UK.
His latest novel, The Heart Broke In, was released in October 2012.