Simon Baynes grew up in Montgomeryshire where his father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. He was educated at Shrewsbury School and read history at Magdalene College, Cambridge. After a career at stockbrokers Cazenove & Co. and as Managing Director of the merged JP Morgan Cazenove investment bank, Simon moved back to Montgomeryshire where he now focuses on writing and the local community. He ran a second-hand bookshop for five years, is founder of the Montgomeryshire Literary Festival and co-author of Lake Vyrnwy Hotel: The Story of a Sporting Hotel. Simon has stood for parliament in Mid-Wales and is Mayor of his local town, Llanfyllin. His wife, Maggie, is an architect and he is Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust; together, they have restored Bodfach Hall and its gardens where they live with their daughters, Clemmie and Francesca.