In March 2019, the UK will leave the EU, facing an unpredictable future. Since the referendum in 2016, the nation has been split into two dreams of leaving and remaining. During this period, James Meek, who has been described as ‘the George Orwell of our times’, went in search of the stories and consequences of this rupture.
Dreams of Leaving and Remaining is urgent reporting from the frontline of the crisis from one of our finest journalists. James Meek will be in conversation with Helen Pidd, the north of England editor for the Guardian, on Wednesday 13 March. Join us here at HOME for a discussion of James’s recent work, which does not find any easy answers that will satisfy Brexiteers or Remainers, but instead paints the masterly portrait of an anxious nation. Crucially, he asks what we can recover from the debris of an old nation as we head towards new horizons, and what we must leave behind.
James Meek is a Contributing Editor of the London Review of Books. He is the author of six novels: The People’s Act of Love, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Ondaatje Prize. We Are Now Beginning Our Descent won the 2008 Le Prince Maurice Prize and The Heart Broke In was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Prize. His previous non-fiction work, Private Island, won the 2016 Orwell Prize. In 2004 he was named the Foreign Correspondent of the Year by the British Press Awards.