James Meek was born in London and grew up in Scotland. His fifth novel, The Heart Broke In, was published in 2013 and shortlisted for the Costa prize. His novel The People’s Act of Love won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the SAC Book of the Year Award, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been published in more than thirty countries. His novel We Are Now Beginning Our Descent won the Prince Maurice Prize. He is the author of two books of short stories, Last Orders and The Museum Of Doubt. During the 1990s he lived in Kiev and Moscow. His journalism has won a number of British and international awards, including Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books. He lives in Bethnal Green, East London.