He began his career by presenting ironic features on television and radio. He also moderated the program Erev Shabbat ("Friday night") on Israel channel one. In 1988 his first novel was published, The Blue Mountain (Hebrew title Roman Russi/ "Russian Novel").
He has written non-fiction and children's books as well. For many years Meir Shalev has been writing a weekly column in the weekend edition of the newspaper Yediot Ahronot. In his column, Shalev comments satirically on government policy and laments the situation of the Israeli people.
1994 As a Few Days, also called The Four Meals ISBN 1841951145 and The Loves of Judith ISBN 0880016353
1998 His House in the Desert(or "Alone in the Desert"
2002 Fontanelle ISBN 3257235542
2006 A Pigeon and A Boy, originally published in Hebrew as "Yona V'naar'by Am Oved Publishers Ltd., Tel Aviv, (translated from the Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg) published in English by Random House,Inc., New York, ISBN 978-0-8052-4251-5
1985 Bible Now, a book containing interpretations of Hebrew Bible stories from his personal point of view, which first appeared in the newspaper Haaretz.
Elements of Conjuration
1995 Mainly About Love
1998 My Jerusalem
2008 In the Beginning: Firsts in the Bible
1982 Michael and the Monster of Jerusalem ISBN 965382001X
1987 Zohar's Dimples
1988 My Father Always Embarrasses Me
1990 Nehama the Louse
1993 How the Neanderthal Inadvertently Invented Kebab