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 two novels, The Credit Draper (Two Ravens Press, 2008) and The Liberation of Celia Kahn, (Five Leaves Publications, 2011) are both based in Glasgow's Jewish community in the 1920s while the third part of this 'Glasgow to Galilee' trilogy - The Land Agent (Saraband 2014) - is set in Palestine during the same period. He has also written about contemporary and 1950s Japan in his best-selling novel An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful (Saraband, 2013).

His work has been shortlisted for The McKitterick Prize and he has been the recipient of several writer's bursaries from Creative Scotland as well as awards from the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and the Society of Authors Foundation. Since 2013, all his novels have been collected and published under the Saraband imprint

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