I am an award-winning British journalist and novelist. Currently Associate Global Editor at Daily Mail Online, I cover foreign stories as well as UK and European politics. I also write for the Spectator and broadcast for Sky News and the BBC, particularly Radio 4 – and I’ve written four novels, including the bestselling The English German Girl.
Recently, I’ve reported from Barcelona on the Catalonian referendum and from the Caribbean islands that were flattened by hurricanes Irma and Maria. 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, from Istanbul to Paris; and documented the rise of the far-Right in Finland, Germany and elsewhere.
In addition to my work for the Daily Mail Online, I deliver despatches regularly for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and review the newspapers on Sky News. I have also presented numerous radio documentaries and a television package for the BBC.
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.
Of my four novels, I am proudest of The English German Girl, a WWII novel about the Kindertransport, which won the Fiction Uncovered prize and became an international bestseller. It won widespread critical praise, with Monica Ali calling it ‘fascinating and moving’. I am currently working on its sequel.
I am fortunate to 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.