fiction by simon lewis



Simon Lewis was born in Wales in 1971. He works as a screenwriter (for Potboiler Films, Cloud 8 and Channel 4) and travel writer (for Rough Guides), as well as writing novels.

Lewis studied Art at Goldmiths College in London, before working as a travel writer, researching Rough Guides to China, Beijing and Shanghai, and writing his first novel, Go (1999), in a village in the Himalayas. It has been translated into German, Italian, Turkish and Swedish. Lewis’s second novel, Bad Traffic(published by Sort Of Books in 2008), is a crime thriller about people smugglers. It has been published in the UK and the US and translated into German, French, Swedish, Italian, Japanese and Turkish. It was nominated for the LA Times Book of the Year and the French SNCF prize for crime fiction.

Lewis’s latest novel is Border Run (2012), the story of two teenagers on the mango smoothie trail in Asia, whose gap year trip turns into a nightmarish spiral of murder and moral decay.

Lewis spends half his time in Brixton, London, and the rest in China and Japan.

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Lewis’s narrative is fast-moving and flawless. His story dances between the comedy of cultural confusion and the tragedy of broken lives and broken dreams. It’s said to be the first in a series about Inspector Jian. My advice is to get in on the ground floor.
— Washington Post

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