Simon R. Taylor BSc MBCS was born and bred in the Kingdom of Paisley, Scotland. He is an alumnus of Paisley Grammar School, and studied at Strathclyde University and the University of the West of Scotland.

His writing career began in 2003, when he began editing Monday Morning Post; a publication which began as a satirical print newsletter and evolved into an online magazine brand with a stable of more than a dozen titles. When Taylor stepped down as Executive Producer in 2009, the many guest contributors included Sir David Jason, Lord Alan Sugar and then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

His debut novel, End from the Beginning was published in 2010. Two more novels followed in 2013 and 2019, all wildly different.

Simon is an associate member of the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) and lives in East Renfrewshire with his wife, Amy.


  • Simon's long-running spy series Monday: Impossible earned him the 2004 Shaw Award for Special Recognition.

  • UWS bestowed him the Court Medal in 2016.

  • In 2017, his non-fiction paper on boys' literacy, Mind the Gap, was awarded the Critical Writing Prize and published by the University of Cumbria.

  • Simon appeared in the audience of BBC's Question Time in 2019. He was recognised by his mum, who still has the episode taped on Sky+

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