Martin Simons was born in Derbyshire, England in 1930. After national service in the RAF he trained as a teacher at Borough Road and Goldsmiths Colleges. While teaching full time, in the evenings he studied geography with ancillary geology at Birkbeck College, London University. He graduated with First Class Honours in 1959 and subsequently became a university lecturer in London and Adelaide. He completed Masters degrees in Education and in Philosophy.

He has had lifelong interests in education, philosophy, aeronautics, especially the sport of gliding, and has written extensively about these and other subjects.

In 1954 he married Jean and they had two daughters, Patricia and Margaret. The family moved to Adelaide in 1968. After fifty happy years, Jean died of pancreatic cancer in 2005. Since then he has lived alone in suburban Melbourne but remains fully engaged with his writing and other activities.

In recent years, while continuing to fly and write non fiction, he has written two very unusual novels, Jenny Rat and Cities at Sea. Details of these are to be found here under Novels.

This web site includes examples of his many other writings on various subjects. There are no charges for these extracts but his books, published in print or electronically, must be paid for as usual.