Simon Barnes

Simon Barnes is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times. He is also a novelist, nature writer and horseman, and the bestselling author of a dozen books, including How to be a Bad Birdwatcher and The Meaning of Sport (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.

“One of the finest sports writers of his generation”
<em>The Mail on Sunday</em>
“ Barnes is a unique voice, always willing to challenge conventional wisdom and look for deeper meanings... ”
<em>Sunday Telegraph</em>

Books by Simon Barnes

<a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild"><strong>How To Be Wild</strong></a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild" class="plain-link">In How to be Wild, Barnes takes us on a year-long journey, from one raucous spring to the next, with elephants and mosquitoes, dolphins and flying squirrels, giraffes and butterflies as his companions. </a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-wild"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" width="160px" height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport"><strong>The Meaning of Sport</strong></a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport" class="plain-link">In <em>The Meaning of Sport</em>, award-winning sportswriter Simon Barnes gives you his grandstand seat for a journey from the Olympic Games in Athens to the World Cup in Germany – via the Ashes series, the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon, and more.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-meaning-of-sport"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" width="160px" height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/a-book-of-heroes-2"><strong>A Book of Heroes</strong><br />Or a Sporting Half-Century</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/a-book-of-heroes-2" class="plain-link">In this gripping new book, Simon Barnes brings together his 50 sporting heroes of the last 50 years and looks at what it is that elevates them to a state of grace and greatness. </a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/a-book-of-heroes-2"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" width="160px" height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed"><strong>Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed</strong><br />An Introduction to Birdsong</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed" class="plain-link">This vital book – with a free podcast – takes you from winter into spring. You start with robin, and end up with nightingales.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/birdwatching-with-your-eyes-closed"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" width="160px" height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2"><strong>My Natural History</strong><br />The Animal Kingdom and How It Shaped Me</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2" class="plain-link">In <em>My Natural History</em> Simon Barnes, like a modern-day Gerald Durrell, weaves together the story of his life via the animals and the natural encounters that have shaped it. </a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/my-natural-history-2"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" width="160px" height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life"><strong>The Horsey Life</strong><br />A Journey of Discovery with a Rather Remarkable Mare</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life" class="plain-link"><em>The Horsey Life</em> is about a friendship pushed to its limits; but it is also filled with larks and joy – a book which takes you right to the heart of the world of horses and those that love them.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/the-horsey-life"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" width="160px" height="244px" alt="" /></a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher"><strong>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</strong><br />To the Greater Glory of Life</a><br /><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher" class="plain-link"><em>How to be a Bad Birdwatcher</em> shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.</a><a href="http://shortbooks.co.uk/book/how-to-be-a-bad-birdwatcher"><img  src="http://shortbooks.co.uk/wp-content/themes/outreach/images/transparentgif.gif" border="0" width="160px" height="244px" alt="" /></a>