Simon Bradley was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1965. Several moves from north to south and back again as he was growing up nurtured a fascination with the differences between places. After study at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art, he has taken these interests further as joint editor of the celebrated Pevsner Architectural Guides at Yale University Press London. Having joined the series as a researcher in 1994, he has since contributed the revised 'Buildings of England' volumes on Cambridgeshire, Westminster, and the City of London. He is also co-author of the revised Berkshire volume, and is currently working on a new edition covering Oxford and South Oxfordshire.
Simon's interest in railways began with trainspotting aged eleven, and soon broadened to include railway architecture. His 'St Pancras Station' (Profile, 2011), described by the Sunday Times as ‘a masterpiece of historical context’, brings together railways, architecture and social history in a portrait of this magnificent landmark. A major new book, 'The Railways: Nation, Network and People', explores the history and character of Britain’s railways in greater breadth, from the passenger’s changing experience to the cult of the preserved railway, via the tracks, buildings and operation of the system itself. Chosen as a Radio 4 Book of the Week and as the Sunday Times's History Book of the Year for 2015, it was also shortlisted for the Longman History Today prize.
His latest book is 'Churches: An Architectural Guide', published in March 2016 in Yale's new Pevsner Introductions series. It draws on many years' experience of visiting parish churches across England, not least (but not only) for the Pevsner/Buildings of England series.
Simon has also written for the TLS, the London Review of Books, the Spectator, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Independent, the Evening Standard, and for academic journals including Architectural History.
Simon Bradley is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research. In 2013 he was appointed a Research Associate at St John's College, Oxford. He is married, and lives in London.