Jake Wallis Simons is a novelist, journalist and broadcaster. His most recent novel, The English German Girl — about the Kindertransport — was published by Polygon in April 2011, and was one of eight winners of the Fiction Uncovered competition. It was praised by Monica Ali, Sir Martin Gilbert, Jonathan Freedland and others, and was selected by Waterstones as a “next big thing” title. His acclaimed first novel, The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew, which was published in 2005, was named by the Independent on Sunday as a Book of the Year.
Under the name “Jake Simons,” he also writes thrillers. His first, The Pure – about a renegade Mossad operative in London and the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran – will be published in March 2012.
Jake is a Features Writer for the Sunday Telegraph. In addition, he writes features for the Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph, La Repubblica and other publications (see here). He also writes and presents for BBC Radio 4, and is a regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent.
Born in London in 1978, he graduated with a first in English from St Peter’s College, Oxford, and went on to receive a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Jake is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and lives with his family in Winchester.