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We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

James Meek

From the author of the award-winning The People’s Act of Love

It’s 2001 and Adam Kellas is in Afghanistan, reporting the US attacks on the Taliban for his London-based paper. When he’s not filing the kind of report he knows his editor doesn’t want, he is writing a novel—a sell-out novel he hope will make his fortune. But it’s the elusive US journalist Astrid Walsh who captures his attention, and remains in his thoughts long after he returns to London.

Fourteen months later, with a dubious publishing deal, a gashed, bleeding arm and a twenty-nine-word email from Astrid, he’s on the first flight to New York, to her. With all the explosive drama of The People’s Act of Love, James Meek’s new novel spans continents and cultures. It is a timeless tale of folly and the pursuit of love, set against the incendiary politics of our time.

James Meek
About the Author

James Meek was born in London in 1962. He now lives in London where he writes for the Guardian, the London Review of Books and Granta. Meek’s acclaimed novel, The People’s Act of Love, won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize in 2006.

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4 February 2008
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Praise for James Meek
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‘Damnably hard to put down.’

‘A tale of personal redemption as well as an ambitious exploration of the contemporary political scene…Meek has created not just an entertaining novel, but a valuable comment on some of the most contentious issues of our time.’

‘Meek is a fine writer, and many sharp, droll lines pepper his text.’

‘[Meek’s] masterful skill as a storyteller is on display throughout.’

‘Meek, an accomplished journalist and novelist, manages to create truly believable characters in an unbelievably real world…Seemingly familiar characters and settings become utterly original with Meek’s tremendous attention to detail…If you haven’t read James Meek, this is a good place to start.’

‘Grapples unhesitatingly with the defining forces of our time. …Meek treats his readers as the ideal that Kellas no longer believes in: critical, thoughtful people with minds of their own. That’s unusual and flattering, and that trust in and respect for the reader relieves the darkness of Kellas’ vision.’