Simon wrote his first book in 1986 and has been at it ever since. His best-selling books and novels, including How to be Wild, Horsesweat and Tears and The Meaning of Sport were written while also chief sports reporter for The Times.
Simon has travelled extensively in search of wildlife, and says that he has “clocked up the usual sort of adventures”. He is a council member of The World Land Trust, which buys land for wildlife conservation on behalf of cash-strapped organisations in the developing world, as well as being a patron of Save the Rhino and Honorary Vice-President of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
With such a varied career and range of interests, Simon could not but challenge and entertain us with his talk, which was on “View from a mountain top and how humankind has been getting it wrong for the past 5,000 years”. The Swan supplemented this stimulating evening with their usual top quality meal.