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J David Simons is a Scottish novelist and short story writer.


His first novel, The Credit Draper, was published by Two Ravens Press (2008) and was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize in June 2009. His subsequent novels include The Liberation of Celia Kahn (2011), An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful (2013), The Land Agent (2014) and A Woman of Integrity (2017). All of these titles are published by Saraband. His latest novel,The Responsibility of Love (2021), is published privately as a limited edition by Glenkura Publishing and commercially by Backpage Press.

Simons was educated at Hutchesons’ Boys’ Grammar School and at Glasgow University where he graduated with a law degree in 1973.


He has worked as a lawyer in Edinburgh; as a cotton farmer on a kibbutz in the Jordan Valley, Israel; as the administrator for the single homeless charity, London Cyrenians, and as a visiting lecturer at Keio University, Japan.


Apart from his fiction writing, he is also an editor with the Blue Pencil literary agency and a media journalist with the global technology consultancy firm, Omdia.


Since October 2017, he has lived as a digital nomad – travelling, writing and working around the world.

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