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Jake Wallis Simons

Jake Wallis Simons is a features writer for the Daily Telegraph. He also broadcasts for BBC Radio 4, and has written three novels, with a fourth due for publication in 2014.

As a journalist he writes features, comment and television reviews. In September 2013, he wrote and produced Meet the Settlers, the Telegraph’s first major multi-media documentary. This widely acclaimed 13,000-word feature incorporated text, video and pictures to tell the story of the Israeli settlers living on the West Bank.

Jake is a regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, and presented the BBC Radio 4 documentary Crouching Low, Hidden Camera: Life as a Private Investigator.

His novels include the award-winning The English German Girl (2011), The Pure (2012), and The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew (2005), which was an Independent on Sunday Book of the Year. His most recent novel, Jam, which is set in a traffic jam on the M25, was published in 2014.

Born in London in 1978, Jake graduated with a first class degree in English from St Peter’s College, Oxford, and went on to gain a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Before joining the Telegraph in January 2012, he worked mainly for The Times. Jake is a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and a visiting fellow at Bournemouth University.

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