The Land Agent

Set in 1920s Palestine, Simons' latest novel
tells of a love for land and a land for love

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An Exquisite Sense
of What is Beautiful

A sweeping novel of East and West,
love and war, truth and denials

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The Liberation of Celia Kahn

The story of a new world for women
opened up by socialism and contraception

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The Credit Draper

A beautiful and original debut novel,
it's more than just an immigrant's story,
it is also about whisky, football
and waterproof clothing.

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About J.David Simons

J. David Simons was born in Glasgow in 1953.  He studied law at Glasgow University and became a partner at an Edinburgh law firm before giving up his practice in 1978 to live on a kibbutz in Israel.  Since then he has lived in Australia, Japan and England working at various stages along the way as a charity administrator, cotton farmer, language teacher, university lecturer and journalist.  He returned to Glasgow in 2006.

His first novel, The Credit Draper was published in May 2008 by Two Ravens Press and was short-listed for The McKitterick Prize in June 2009.  His second novel The Liberation of Celia Kahn, was published – along with a re-print of The Credit Draper - by Five Leaves Publishing in February 2011.

He has been the recipient of a Writer's Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) and awards from the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and the Society of Authors Foundation. His latest novel An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful was published by Saraband in March 2013.

STOP PRESS: Click on title to watch video preview of An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful

STOP PRESS: Bestseller! On January 7th 2014, an Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful reached number one in literary fiction for Kindle Paid downloads in the UK, France and Germany.

STOP PRESS: Simons' latest novel The Land Agent was published by Saraband on 22nd October 2014. The Land Agent is the long-awaited final part of his "Glasgow to Galilee" trilogy that began with The Credit Draper and continued with The Liberation of Celia Kahn. To read an extract published in The Scotsman newspaper, click here

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