The Land Agent

J. David Simons

J. David Simons is a Scottish author, media journalist and literary editor. His first novel, The Credit Draper, was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize, and his subsequent novels include The Liberation of Celia Kahn (2011), The Land Agent (2014), A Woman of Integrity (2017), The Responsibility of Love (2021), as well as An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful (new edition published in 2023). He has been awarded several bursaries from Creative Scotland and the Society of Authors and in 2012 was the recipient of a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.

Simons is also a former lawyer, charity administrator, cotton farmer and university lecturer. His nomadic lifestyle has allowed him to spend considerable time in Israel, Australia, Japan and the United States, and he currently lives in Javea, Spain.

The Land Agent

by J. David Simons

  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £6.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781908643964
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781908643773



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Working as a land agent for one of the richest men in the world, Polish-Jewish immigrant Lev Sela stumbles upon a strategic area of land that doesn’t exist on any map. The resultant struggle for ownership involves the Jews, Arabs, Zionists, British, a Russian engineer with ambitions to build a hydro-electric power station and the local Bedouin. The dispute also draws Lev into a relationship with a beautiful Scottish pioneer living on a nearby kibbutz.
Touching on issues of identity, idealism, displacement, community, alcoholism, socialism and feminism, The Land Agent is the third title in J. David Simons’ Scottish-Jewish magnum opus, the Glasgow to Galilee loose trilogy, which follows his award-winning novels The Credit Draper and The Liberation of Celia Kahn.

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'An historical novel big on romance and contemporary relevance.' - Michael Goldfarb

"Bernard Malamud meets Hilary Mantel… This is succinct, thoroughly absorbing storytelling, which casts… light on the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A timely, terrific novel by a writer at the very top of his game." - David Belbin

'“A bold new voice in fiction.'” -– Rodge Glass

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