ABOUT ME

I am an award-winning British journalist and novelist. As Associate Global Editor at Daily Mail Online, I report mainly from overseas. In addition, I write for the Spectator, broadcast for Sky News and appear on for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent.
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 Harare during the fall of 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 spent time in Caracas covering the collapse of Venezuela; reported on the migrant crisis in Greece, Macedonia and Sicily; been on the ground for all the terror attacks in Europe; 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.
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.

PORTFOLIO

Here is a selection of my favourite stories.

BARCELONA: SPANISH FASCISM IS THRIVING
Reportage
THREE-PART SERIES: ‘WAITHOOD’
Radio
30-MINUTE PROGRAMME: INSIDE INTERPOL
Radio
30-MINUTE PROGRAMME: LIFE AS A DETECTIVE
Radio
PARIS: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
ISRAEL: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
ST MAARTEN: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
HOW WASHINGTON OWNS THE UK’S NUKES
Politics
HOW INTERPOL GOT INTO BED WITH FIFA
Politics
DRUG LEGALISATION: A QUESTION OF TIME
Politics
LABOUR’S HAMAS CONNECTION
Politics
VENEZUELA EXPOSES THE DEPRAVITY OF FAR LEFT
Politics
THE LEFT HAS TURNED ON THE LADY OF BURMA
Politics
WHO POLICES INTERPOL, THE WORLD’S POLICE?
Features
GREECE-MACEDONIA: ILLEGAL CROSSING
Features
ST MARTIN: TRUMP’S MANSION DESTROYED
Features
HOMOPHOBIC ATTACKS: ‘SO MUCH HATRED’
Features
THE MAN WHO BROKE INTO AUSCHWITZ
Features
CARACAS: GUNPOINT INTERVIEW
Features
WEST BANK: MEET THE SETTLERS
Reportage
CARIBBEAN: THE HORROR OF HURRICANES
Reportage
VENEZUELA: COLLAPSE OF A SOCIALIST UTOPIA
Reportage
ISRAEL-SYRIA BORDER: SAVING JIHADIS
Reportage
FINLAND: THE SOLDIERS OF ODIN
Reportage
PARIS: THE SILENCE AFTER THE BLOODSHED

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Awards

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BBC docs presented

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Novels

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PhD

 

TV SHOWREEL

Includes clips from BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Fox News and Daily Mail Online.

MODUS OPERANDI

WRITING

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.

PRESENTING

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Taking my own pictures makes me a more agile journalist. I also use a GoPro camera to capture dramatic footage that complements my stories.

ONLINE

I created an award-winning digital feature at the Telegraph, and I’m a senior editor at Daily Mail Online – the biggest newspaper website in the world.

NOVELS

‘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

JAM
A contemporary novel set entirely in a traffic jam on the M25, 2014
THE ENGLISH GERMAN GIRL
Bestselling WWII novel, 2011
THE PURE
A thriller about Mossad and the Iranian nuclear programme, 2012

Contact

For enquiries concerning my novels, please contact my agent, Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates. For anything else, please use the contact form below.

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All rights reserved. Background picture by Gustavo Valiente, Barcelona 2017. JWS portrait by Imogen Simons, 2016.