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Simon Lewis
Born 1971
Newport, Monmouthshire, UK
Occupation Writer; author
Nationality British
Genres Crime fiction

Simon Lewis is a novelist and screenwriter, born in Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1971. He went to school in Monmouth then studied Art and Art History at Goldsmiths College in London. After graduation he travelled extensively in Asia before beginning work as a travel writer for Rough Guides publishing. He has since worked on five editions of the Rough Guide to China and is sole author of the Rough Guide to Shanghai and the Rough Guide to Beijing.

His first novel, Go, a thriller about backpackers, was written in a village in the Himalayas. It was first published by small press Pulp Books in 1998, but, following favourable press, was picked up by Corgi(1999). It has since been translated into Swedish, German and Italian.

His second novel, Bad Traffic, is a crime thriller about people smugglers. It was published in 2008 by Sort of Books, and in 2009 by Scribner in the US. It has been translated into Swedish, German, Italian, French, Japanese and Turkish.

Simon was selected as one of 21 'writers to watch' at the 2008 the Guardian Hay Festival.





  • Bad Traffic, published by Sort Of Books, ISBN 978-0-95489-955-4
  • Go, published by Corgi, ISBN 0-552-14717-6

Short Story

Awards and nominations

  • Bad Traffic was shortlisted for The 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes (mystery/thriller section).
  • Bad Traffic featured in the 2009 world book day 'Spread the Word' promotion.
  • Bradt Travel Guides travel writing competition finalist in 2006.

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