ABOUT ME

I am an award-winning British journalist and novelist. As Associate Global Editor for the Daily Mail Online, I cover foreign stories and some home news and politics. In addition I’m a commentator for Sky News, a writer for the Spectator and a broadcaster 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 the late Sir Martin Gilbert calling it ‘a powerful evocation of a bygone era’. I am currently working on its sequel.
Many of my biggest stories have been related to Labour anti-Semitism. In 2015, when Corbyn was poised to become leader, I published a series of articles exposing his links to various extremists and conspiracy theorists, including Holocaust denier Paul Eisen.
The story snowballed, and over the next few years I exposed many anti-Semitic people and events with which he was connected. In August 2018, I revealed his comments that British Zionists ‘don’t understand English irony’. It dominated the political news agenda and was seen by many as a ‘tipping point’ in the debate.
In terms of foreign reporting, I recently disclosed a ‘lost tribe’ of Britons living on a remote island off Honduras. 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 radio documentaries for the BBC on a variety of subjects including private detectives and Interpol, as well as a television package for BBC Breakfast. In addition, I appear regularly on for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent. (Scroll down to view a select portfolio.)
Formerly I was a Features Writer at the Sunday Telegraph, where I wrote Meet the Settlers, a longform multimedia story that won and 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, and have lectured at Oxford and elsewhere. I’m a judge for the Reuters News Fixer Award, and a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.

PORTFOLIO

Here is a selection of my favourite exclusives.

NIGERIA: BOKO HARAM THREATENS EUROPE
Reportage
HONDURAS: LOST TRIBE OF BRITONS REVEALED
Features
SIERRA LEONE: MEET THE CHARITY AMBASSADORS
Features
EMAIL PRANKSTER WHO FOOLED TRUMP UNMASKED
Top
ZIMBABWE: MUGABE’S SECRETIVE MANSION SEEN FOR FIRST TIME
Top
HERO OF PARIS TERROR ATTACKS SACRIFICED HIS LIFE FOR FRIEND
Top
CATALONIA: FASCIST SALUTES ON STREETS OF BARCELONA AFTER VOTE
Top
FIRST CCTV OF NOVICHOK SUSPECTS MINUTES AFTER ATTEMPTED MURDER
Top
CORBYN SAYS BRITISH ‘ZIONISTS’ DON’T GET ENGLISH IRONY
Top
JEWISH WOMAN NEEDS POLICE PROTECTION AT CORBYN EVENT
Corbyn
CORBYN SAYS ISRAEL DICTATES SPEECHES MADE BY MPs
Corbyn
TUNISIA ‘PEACE CONFERENCE’ WAS HAMAS HATE-FEST
Corbyn
CORBYN MEETS TERRORISTS IN PARLIAMENT
Corbyn
CORBYN ‘MISLED MPs’ OVER MEETING WITH HOLOCAUST DENIER
Corbyn
CORBYN SAYS BRITISH ‘ZIONISTS’ DON’T GET ENGLISH IRONY
Corbyn
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
Analysis
HOW INTERPOL GOT INTO BED WITH FIFA
Analysis
DRUG LEGALISATION: A QUESTION OF TIME
Analysis
LABOUR’S HAMAS CONNECTION
Analysis
VENEZUELA EXPOSES THE DEPRAVITY OF FAR LEFT
Analysis
THE LEFT HAS TURNED ON THE LADY OF BURMA
Analysis
LYON: WHO POLICES INTERPOL?
Features
MACEDONIA: CROSSING WITH ILLEGAL MIGRANTS
Reportage
CARIBBEAN: TRUMP’S MANSION DESTROYED
Features
CARACAS: INTERVIEW WITH A KIDNAP GANG
Features
WEST BANK: MEET THE SETTLERS
Features
CARIBBEAN: THE HORROR OF HURRICANES
Reportage
VENEZUELA: COLLAPSE OF A SOCIALIST UTOPIA
Reportage
ISRAEL-SYRIA BORDER: SAVING JIHADIS
Reportage
FINLAND: MEET THE MIGRANT HUNTERS
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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