Born in Bristol in 1951, Simon Barnes went on the become the multi-award winning Chief Sports Writer for The Times until July 2014. He is the author of over 20 books, including three on wildlife and three novels. His bestselling HOW TO BE A BAD BIRDWATCHER (UK Short Books; USA Pantheon) was been serialised in The Times and read on Radio 4. The sequel, A BAD BIRDWATCHERS COMPANION, was published by Short Books in 2006, who also published his acclaimed THE MEANING OF SPORT.
THE SACRED COMBE: A SEARCH FOR HUMANITY’S HOMELAND explores the special places of the mind and the world, with special reference to the Luangwa Valley. It was published in the UK in January 2016 by Bloomsbury, followed a couple of month later by the US edition. THE WISDOM OF BIRDS was published by Head of Zeus in May 2018 and LOSING IT: A LIFETIME IS PURSUIT OF SPORTING EXCELLENCE was published in May 2018 by Bloomsbury.
Simon lives in Suffolk with his family.