We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

'This contingency was foreseen by our planners. We can be ready to move in 24 hours.' 'Bottom line?' asked the president. 'Summarize the likely success of this operation,' said the president. 'We have the capability to immobilize the ...

We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

“[A] sharply observed meditation on modern war . . . as far from Tom Clancy’s entertainments as a vintage Mini Cooper is from a snarling Hummer” (Alex Berenson, The New York Times Book Review). James Meek’s masterful historical novel, The People’s Act of Love, received accolades around the world, earning Meek comparisons to Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Conrad, and Greene. We Are Now Beginning Our Descent is a tour de force of storytelling, furthering his reputation as one of the most exciting and original young novelists writing today. Adam Kellas, a British journalist, would-be thriller novelist, and failed lover meets Astrid Walsh, a self-possessed, hard-charging reporter while the two are covering allied military operations in the Afghan mountains. After sharing one passionate night in a watchtower near a defunct airfield, Astrid disappears from Adam’s life. A year later, following a disastrous dinner party in London during which he destroys his few remaining friendships, Adam receives a short, beseeching email and hastily embarks on a transatlantic journey to a small town near the Chesapeake Bay where he believes Astrid waits for him. He envisions the fresh start his new life with Astrid might offer, unaware that she may be harboring unsettling secrets of her own. A passionate, incisive novel, We Are Now Beginning Our Descent lays bare the entwined hypocrisies, foibles, and desires of our age, and is a testament to the obsessive pull of love. “I am full of admiration for Meek’s precise and lyrical prose, for his mapping of the political landscapes through which his characters drift and for his evocation of the strange, torn geometries of the life in the global news stream.” —The Washington Post

We are Now Beginning Our Descent

With the world around him beginning to crack, globe-trotting journalist and aspiring novelist Adam Kellas seeks refuge from his personal and professional turmoil in a tiny rural town near the Chesapeake Bay, where he is reunited with ...

We are Now Beginning Our Descent

With the world around him beginning to crack, globe-trotting journalist and aspiring novelist Adam Kellas seeks refuge from his personal and professional turmoil in a tiny rural town near the Chesapeake Bay, where he is reunited with American reporter Astrid, with whom he had shared a single passionate night and who is in possession of an unsettling secret.

It Was An Accident

'Nicky you go up any of my fambly while you out there I cut it off man with a cutlass. ... 'My grannie Miz Lucy she like a tipple of that vodka. ... 'Ladies and gentlemen,' he went, 'we are now beginning our descent into Miami.' 'Miami!

It Was An Accident

Nicky Burkett, still incarcerated at the end of Vinnie Got Blown Away, is released on to the streets of Walthamstow in It Was An Accident. He wants to go straight. His girlfriend Noreen wants him to go straight and she won't go near him if he doesn't. He tries. But events and people conspire against him. He is offered "work". He is attacked. His mates are attacked. He runs to Jamaica and is attacked again. Now the fight back begins... Filmed starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Max Beesley and James Bolam, It Was An Accident is the fast, furious, bloody and hilarious follow up to the acclaimed Vinnie Got Blown Away. 'A wonderful thriller... An absolute cracker.' The Independent. 'The pleasure is intense.' Time Out. 'Ingenious, his street talk sizzles with wit and invention.' Literary Review. 'Brilliant, unputdownable' The Big Issue. 'A consistently funny and entertaining book.' The Times.

The Hanson Legacy

We are now beginning our descent into the Cocheta Research Facility, the earthling-run chop shop for stolen flying saucers. Please fasten your safety belts. If you look out your left window, you will notice a fast-attack saucer called ...

The Hanson Legacy

"Cocheta" is a Native American word meaning "That you cannot imagine," an appropriate name for America's "blackest" research facility. Hidden inside a mountain in a remote and inhospitable region of the frigid Canadian Rockies, the massive complex is a high-tech laboratory for a handful of the most brilliant minds on earth. Together, they struggle to understand and duplicate exotic extraterrestrial technology before America's enemies do... or before an unspeakable horror arrives from deep space. Benjamin Hanson, PhD is the project's greatest resource... and a dying man. His ultimate goal: unite the world in developing a defense against what he believes to be a coming invasion. To make it happen, he needs a clever plan. One that will topple a well-established culture of secrecy, allow him to evade those who watch his every move and neutralize a ruthless bureaucrat before the cruel tentacles of incurable cancer rob him of his life. The Hanson Legacy chronicles Ben Hanson's life, from a humble childhood in a rural Oklahoma town to his climactic struggle with an evil, self-absorbed administrator determined to keep secret the other-worldly horrors hidden in Cocheta Mountain... and lethal "accidents" involving more than a dozen retired project scientists. The fate of the entire planet may very well rest on the outcome of Dr. Hanson's vital and final mission. Sacrifice, devotion, duty, honor... and a timeless, beautiful love story that endures vicious tragedy and desolate separation. The Hanson Legacy transcends the Sci-Fi genre and will leave you anxiously waiting for Book Two: The Hanson Conundrum! "The story grabbed me by the throat from the first page and left me almost breathless until the exciting climactic scenes. The characters are strong, superbly developed and totally believable... If you read this book, make sure you have a long flight or a few free days ahead of you --- you won't be able to put it down!" Andrew McLaughlin Editor - Australian Defence Business Review (ADBR) Editor - Defence Industry & Aerospace Report (DIAR.com) Military Editor - Australian Aviation

The Thorough Guide to the English Lake District

The journey from the high road to the " Gap in the Wall " has taken from an hour to an hour and a quarter , and now begins our descent . In twenty minutes we have sunk to the level of Grisedale Tarn , and crossed the stream flowing out ...

The Thorough Guide to the English Lake District


The Heart Broke In

A bighearted epic in the manner of Tolstoy, James Meek's The Heart Broke In is also as shrewd, starkly funny, and of-the-moment as Jonathan Franzen's Freedom or Jeffrey Eugenides's The Marriage Plot.

The Heart Broke In

A RICHLY IMAGINED NOVEL OF FAMILY, LOVE AND SCIENCE SET IN MODERN-DAY LONDON, FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE PEOPLE'S ACT OF LOVE Ritchie Shepherd, aging former pop star and wildly successful producer of a reality teen talent show, is starting to trip over the intricacy of his own lies. Gallingly, his sister, Bec, a scientist developing a crucial vaccine, is as addicted to truth-telling as Ritchie is to falsehood. Ritchie relies on her certitude even as he seethes with resentment. A devastating chain of events is set into motion when Bec tells her fiancé, Val, a powerful tabloid editor, that she can't bring herself to marry him after all. Furious, he sets into motion an elaborate revenge plot intended to destroy Bec by exposing the people who are close to her. A bighearted epic in the manner of Tolstoy, James Meek's The Heart Broke In is also as shrewd, starkly funny, and of-the-moment as Jonathan Franzen's Freedom or Jeffrey Eugenides's The Marriage Plot. Most of all, it is a staggeringly good read, fiction with the reverberating resonance of truth.

The Ladies Repository

this we now directed our steps , turning off from the old route , which leads through the Atrio del Cavallo , to another side of the cone , which our ... An easy mode of descent , which can be turned to good account when the exploration ...

The Ladies  Repository


The Nautical Magazine

At Montreal , then , we start on our six days ' run across country , 120 miles bringing us to Ottawa , the capital of the Dominion . ... Our descent now begins . are magnificent ; we feel at Still the rapidly - changing views ...

The Nautical Magazine


The Month

... with a neigh , he absolutely broke into a trot , as one of our supernumerary guides rode him round towards the side down which we were to make our descent . And now the climbing begins , our guides going on before , we two following ...

The Month


Canadian journal of science literature and history

In order that we may execute our original design , we now transport ourselves at once to the point where we had intended to begin our descent of King Street . That point was the site of a building now wholly taken out of the way - the ...

Canadian journal of science  literature and history


The Canadian Journal of Science Literature and History

In order that we may execute our original design , we now transport ourselves at once to the point where we had intended to begin our descent of King Street . That point was the site of a building now wholly taken out of the way -- the ...

The Canadian Journal of Science  Literature and History


Over the Ocean

Now we begin our descent , zigzag , as usual , through wild mountain scenery , till at last we whirl through a long gallery , and , with a salute of whip - snappings , enter the village of Splügen ; through this , and out again into ...

Over the Ocean


Toronto of Old

... FTER our long stroll westward , we had purposed returning to the place of beginning by the route which constitutes the ... we now transport ourselves at once to the point where we had intended to begin our descent of King Street .

Toronto of Old


The Canadian Methodist Magazine

We must not leave Gosslar without visiting the mines , which have been worked for eight or nine centuries , and are worked still , now on a ... We now strap our baggage on our backs and begin our march a up the Oker Valley . Under our ...

The Canadian Methodist Magazine


Appletons Journal

Now for at first sight had appeared to be a safe sandy the advertisement itself , which would do bottom , we found several ugly - looking black credit , as far ... it was no great wonder that we rather hesitated to begin our descent .

Appletons  Journal


Dreams of Leaving and Remaining

Underlying the cleavage are primal myths, deeper histories, and political folk-legends. James Meek, “the George Orwell of our times,” goes in search of the stories and consequences arising out of a nation’s alienation from itself.

Dreams of Leaving and Remaining

The anatomy of Britain on the edge of Brexit, by Orwell Prize winning journalist Since Britain’s 2016 referendum on EU membership, the nation has been profoundly split: one side fantasizing that the referendum will never be acted upon, the other entrenched in questionable assumptions about reclaimed sovereignty and independence. Underlying the cleavage are primal myths, deeper histories, and political folk-legends. James Meek, “the George Orwell of our times,” goes in search of the stories and consequences arising out of a nation’s alienation from itself. In Dreams of Leaving and Remaining, Meek meets farmers and fishermen intent on exiting the EU despite the loss of protections they will incur. He reports on a Cadbury’s factory shut down and moved to Poland in the name of free market economics, exploring the impact on the local community left behind. He charts how the NHS is coping with the twin burdens of austerity and an aging population. Dreams of Leaving and Remaining is urgent reporting from one of Britain’s finest journalists. James Meek asks what we can recover from the debris of an old nation as we head towards new horizons, and what we must leave behind. There are no easy answers, and what he creates instead is a masterly portrait of an anxious, troubled nation.

Appletons Journal of Literature Science and Art

a SA is not known at her address , to prevent any let our boat come stern on the shore in what and when we called to mind ... un- begin our descent . the most fastidious and learned professor of doubtedly , have gone through our bottom ...

Appletons  Journal of Literature  Science and Art


The Magazine of American History with Notes and Queries

In its descent it cast out a stream like smoke , with a rushing noise , and when it struck the water , we heard and felt the shock very ... We now rose very fast , and to a much greater height than at any time since our first ascent .

The Magazine of American History with Notes and Queries


Waylaid by the Bimbos and Other Catastrophes in Thailand

We are now beginning our descent to New York's Kennedy Airport ... " My sister Pat led me stumbling out of the terminal . Minutes later , deposited in Pat's Pontiac , swaddled in her husband's leather jacket , an icebucket of white wine ...

Waylaid by the Bimbos  and Other Catastrophes in Thailand


Private Island

Urgent, powerfully written and deeply moving, this is a passionate anatomy of the state of the nation: of what we have lost and what losing it cost us – the rent we must pay to exist on this private island.

Private Island

“The essential public good that Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and now Cameron sell is not power stations, or trains, or hospitals. It’s the public itself. it’s us.” In a little over a generation the bones and sinews of the British economy – rail, energy, water, postal services, municipal housing – have been sold to remote, unaccountable private owners, often from overseas. In a series of brilliant portraits the award-winning novelist and journalist James Meek shows how Britain’s common wealth became private, and the impact it has had on us all: from the growing shortage of housing to spiralling energy bills. Meek explores the human stories behind the incremental privatization of the nation over the last three decades. He shows how, as our national assets are sold, ordinary citizens are handed over to private tax-gatherers, and the greatest burden of taxes shifts to the poorest. In the end, it is not only public enterprises that have become private property, but we ourselves. Urgent, powerfully written and deeply moving, this is a passionate anatomy of the state of the nation: of what we have lost and what losing it cost us – the rent we must pay to exist on this private island.