J. David Simons

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J. David Simons
J David Simons Book Launch 2011.JPG
Born Jonathan David Simons
(1953-08-27) 27 August 1953 (age 63)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality UK
Website
www.jdavidsimons.com

J. David Simons (born 27 August 1953) is a Scottish novelist and short story writer. He was educated at Hutchesons' Boys Grammar School and graduated with a law degree from Glasgow University in 1973. He worked as a lawyer in Edinburgh, a cotton farmer on Kibbutz Ashdot Ya'akov Ichud in Israel, a charity administrator for the Cyrenians in West London, a university lecturer at Keio University, Japan, and a journalist for multi-national publishing house Informa, before returning to his native Glasgow in 2006 to pursue his career as a writer.[1]

Literary career[edit]

Simons' first novel The Credit Draper was published by Two Ravens Press in May 2008 and was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize in June 2009.[2] This novel is set primarily within the Glasgow Jewish Community in the early part of the 20th century[3] and represents the first part of his "Glasgow to Galilee" trilogy. Simons goes on to tackle issues of socialism, feminism and birth control in Glasgow during the 1920s in his second novel in this trilogy - The Liberation of Celia Kahn[1] - which was published by Five Leaves Publications in February 2011 along with a re-print of The Credit Draper. His third novel An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful set in Japan was published by Saraband in March 2013 and examines the theme of denial, especially in regard to the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States.[4] In The Land Agent, the third novel in the "Glasgow to Galilee" trilogy, published by Saraband in October 2014, Simons turns his attention to 1920s Palestine and the conflict over a strategic piece of land that doesn't exist on any map.[5] Apart from his fiction writing, Simons is also a mentor for the Scottish Book Trust.

Awards and Grants[edit]

Published Work[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • The Credit Draper (Two Ravens Press 2008, re-printed Five Leaves 2011, re-printed Saraband 2014)
  • The Liberation of Celia Kahn (Five Leaves 2011, reprinted Saraband 2014)
  • An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful (Saraband 2013)
  • The Land Agent (Saraband 2014)
  • A Woman of Integrity (Freight 2017)

Short Stories[edit]

  • The Lovebirds (Printed Matter 1993)
  • Soundscapes (Printed Matter 1995)
  • Maimonides (London Magazine 2000)
  • The Custodian (Gutter Magazine 2011)
  • Poland 1919 - Decisions, Decisions (Spilling Ink 2011)
  • Poland 1919 - Palestine or America (Glasgow University Press 2012)
  • The Coffee Kid (runner-up in the Poetic Republic Short Story Competition 2015)[10]

Essays[edit]

  • Kibbutz - The Golden Years (appearing in Utopia, Five Leaves 2012)

References[edit]

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