Simon Whaley lives in rural Shropshire, having escaped from Greater London in the late 1990s. His first published piece was a word search puzzle, aged 17, and from there he went on to write over 700 articles in publications as varied as BBC Countryfile, Country Walking, Cheshire Life, SelfBuild & Design, The People’s Friend, The Daily Express, The Observer, Outdoor Photography, and Writing Magazine.

His first book, One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in September 2003, with an initial print run of 10,000 copies. By the end of December 2003, over 100,000 copies had been sold to bookshops, and the book spent three weeks on the UK’s Top Ten Non-Fiction paperback bestseller lists. He became a full time writer in January 2004.

Before becoming a full time writer, Simon worked for a variety of organisations including a high street bank in southwest London, a government agency, and a local authority somewhere on the Welsh Borders. When not writing, he enjoys walking and photography. He also likes eating M&Ms, particularly the chocolate variety, although he’ll never turn away the peanut variety either, particularly if they’re contained within the larger bags for sharing. (When it comes to M&Ms, Simon doesn’t quite understand the concept of their share bags.)

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Author Images

The following images (@ 300dpi) can be downloaded from this online storage folder.

Please credit both images as: Copyright © Simon Whaley. (Yes, he took the images himself, because he knows where to find the self-timer option on his camera.)



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