His books include the novels We Are Now Beginning Our Descent and the Booker-longlisted The People's Act of Love, which is set in Siberia in 1919 and tells the story of an obscure Christian sect and a stranded regiment of Czech soldiers.
In 2005 he named his top ten books of Russia for the Guardian. One title on the list:
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodr Dostoyevsky, 1879Read about another title on Meek's list.
A pious brother, a wild-living brother, a political brother and their wretched father.
"'So you married a lame woman?' cried Kalganov.
'Yes. They both deceived me a little bit at the time, and concealed it. I thought she was hopping; she kept hopping ... I thought it was for fun.'"
The Brothers Karamazov also appears among James Runcie's top ten books about brothers and Norman Mailer's top 10 works of literature.