Simon Edge

Simon Edge read philosophy at Cambridge University and worked as an English teacher in the Gaza Strip and a specialist journalist on the Middle East before becoming editor of the pioneering London paper Capital Gay and then entering Fleet Street.

A gossip columnist on the Evening Standard, he joined the staff of the Daily Express under editor Rosie Boycott and ended up staying 15 years, working variously as a feature writer, obituaries editor and theatre critic. He has also written for The TimesThe GuardianThe Independent, the Daily Telegraph, Private Eye, the New Statesman and Attitude, where he is a contributing editor. He has been a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 5 Live. Since leaving journalism he has worked as a political spin doctor and a publicist.

Simon was on the inaugural intake of City University's MA in Creative Writing and subsequently taught on that course as a visiting lecturer, well before being published as a novelist himself.

He lives in Greenwich with a kleptomaniac whippet called Pippin.

Read more about Simon and his work at www.simon-edge.com.