I am an award-winning British journalist and novelist. As Associate Global Editor for the Daily Mail Online, I work mainly overseas. I’m also a commentator for Sky News and have broadcasted for BBC Radio 4.
I’ve written four novels, including the bestselling The English German Girl. Set in WWII, it tells the story of the Kindertransport. It won the Fiction Uncovered prize and received widespread critical praise, with Monica Ali calling it ‘fascinating and moving’. I am currently working on its sequel.
Recently, I’ve reported from northern Nigeria on the Boko Haram insurgency; from Ramallah during the clashes following Trump’s Jerusalem announcement (watch my Facebook Live from 17mins 22secs); from Harare during the fall of Robert Mugabe; from Barcelona during the Catalan referendum; and from the Caribbean islands that were flattened by hurricanes Irma and Maria (where I used a drone to capture the first pictures of Trump’s damaged beachfront mansion).
I’ve also reported from Caracas (‘the most dangerous city in the world’), covered the migrant crisis from Greece, France, Macedonia and Italy, been on the ground for all the recent European terror attacks, and documented the rise of the far-Right in Finland, Germany and elsewhere.
I’ve presented a number of radio documentaries for the BBC as well as a television package for BBC Breakfast. In addition, I’ve written for the Spectator and appeared regularly on for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent.
Formerly I was a Features Writer at the Sunday Telegraph, where I wrote Meet the Settlers, a longform multimedia story that won or was shortlisted for a range of awards, including the British Press Award. As a freelancer, I worked for the Times, the Independent, the Guardian and others as well as international outlets including CNN, POLITICO, Newsweek and La Repubblica.
I hold a First in English from St Peter’s College, Oxford, and a PhD in Creative Writing from UEA. I have lectured at Oxford and elsewhere, and am a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.
Here is a selection of my favourite stories.
Includes clips from BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Fox News and Daily Mail Online.
First and foremost, I’m a writer. Over the years, I’ve written reportage, features, columns, blogs and reviews for all the UK’s broadsheets.
I’ve presented six docs for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service, and appeared regularly on From Our Own Correspondent. I’ve presented TV for the BBC too.
‘THE ENGLISH GERMAN GIRL kept me up at night… Amazing’ –Guardian
‘THE ENGLISH GERMAN GIRL is fascinating and moving’ –Monica Ali
‘JAM is a skilful road rage novel that looks at Britain through a motorway microcosm… Wallis Simons is so good at the drama of car interiors’ –Telegraph
‘Jake Wallis Simons will surely prove a name to remember’ –Beryl Bainbridge
For enquiries concerning my novels, please contact my agent, Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates. For anything else, please use the contact form below.