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Canongate, 2008 - Bildungsromans - 344 pages
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Alan wants to start a new life in a new town but he's short of cash for a car to get him there. When he agrees to an egg-collecting assignment from a rich stranger he finds himself on a surreal journey across a Europe at war with itself, haunted by Mike, the baseball-bat-wielding literary purist, Deirdre, the maddening mental nurse, and a trail of destruction he began by mistake. James Meek's high-octane perversion of the Grand Tour takes interweaving plots and characters hurtling down a continent's highways at dangerous speeds.

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James Meek is the author of The People's Act of Love, which won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, the SAC Book of the Year Award, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Meek's journalism experience reporting from Afghanistan on the war against the Taliban and the liberation of Kabul, as well as on Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, has won him numerous British and international awards.

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