I am an award-winning British journalist and novelist. Currently Associate Editor at Daily Mail Online, I cover UK and European politics and major foreign stories.
Formerly I was a Features Writer at the Sunday Telegraph, and have worked as a freelancer for the BBC, CNN, the Times, the Guardian and others.
In addition to breaking political exclusives, I’ve reported extensively from overseas. Recently I’ve covered the collapse of Venezuela, the migrant crisis in Greece, Macedonia and Sicily, the rise of the far-Right in Finland and Germany and the conflict in Syria. I’ve also been on the ground for all recent major terror attacks, including those in Stockholm, Istanbul, Berlin, Brussels, Nice and Paris.
I have had a particular impact covering anti-Semitism in British politics. In 2015, I published a series of articles exposing Jeremy Corbyn’s links with anti-Semitic figures, and this led to what is now known as the ‘Labor anti-Semitism scandal’.
I’ve presented numerous radio documentaries for the BBC, and I’m a regular on Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent (see portfolio). I review the newspapers for Sky News, and have presented TV for BBC Breakfast and others (here is my TV showreel).
Before I joined the Mail in 2015, I was a Features Writer at the Sunday Telegraph for about three years. It was there that I wrote my biggest piece of journalism: Meet the Settlers, a smorgasbord of digital wizardry that won the European Newspapers award, was shortlisted for the British Press Award and honoured at the Webbys.
I’ve written for POLITICO, Newsweek, La Repubblica, Haaretz and other international publications.
In addition, I’m a novelist. I’ve written four books, including the bestselling The English German Girl, which I completed while gaining a PhD in Creative Writing at UEA – where I studied after gaining a First in English at St Peter’s College, Oxford.
I’m Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University, and have lectured at Oxford and elsewhere.
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.