2024 Journalism prize finalist

James Meek

London Review of Books

James Meek is a novelist and journalist living in London. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books. His novel The People’s Act of Love was nominated for the Booker Prize. He was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year in the British Press Awards. His book of essays about privatisation, Private Island, won the Orwell Prize.

James Meek’s shortlisted pieces are:


James Meek writes forcefully and elegantly, with an exquisite eye for detail. He is a fearless reporter who always finds fresh angles and telling images. His description of the “video war” in Ukraine, for example, approaches this well-covered conflict from a distinctive and illuminating perspective.

– Helen Lewis, 2024 Orwell Prize for Journalism judge