To Calais, in Ordinary Time (Main)


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Canongate Books
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5.0 X 7.7 X 1.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

James Meek

is the author of six novels, including The People's Act of Love, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won both the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Award. It has been published in more than thirty countries. Meek has also written two collections of short stories and two books of non-fiction: Private Island, which won the 2015 Orwell Prize, and Dreams of Leaving and Remaining. He is a Contributing Editor to the London Review of Books and writes regularly for the Guardian and New York Times. He lives in London. In 2020, To Calais, In Ordinary Time was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.


"Fans of intelligent historical fiction will be enthralled by a story so original and so fully imagined. Meek shows the era as alien, which it is, and doesn't falsify it by assimilating it to ours. But his characters are recognizably warm and human" HILARY MANTEL, author of Wolf Hall
"An inventive and original novel that captures the distant past and pins it to the page" The Times
"Freewheeling, exhilarating . . . Suggests that for those with the courage to take it, freedom is possible and may change the world" New York Review of Books
"A glorious imaginative feat, full of complex, compelling, believable characters. Rarely have I been so captivated by a novel, so keen to hurry back to it and reimmerse myself in its world" SARAH WATERS, author of Fingersmith