"Tom Vaughan MacAulay’s first novel is a grand narrative of a young man on the cusp of the realization of a dream."

- Justin Warshaw, The Times Literary Supplement


"Will Being Simon Haines by Tom Vaughan MacAulay become the defining novel for his generation about what it means to be a driven corporate lawyer?"

- Edward Fennell, The Times, The Brief premium

Being Simon Haines

The debut novel from
Tom Vaughan MacAulay


Meet Simon Haines.

For a decade he’s been chasing his dream: partnership at the legendary, family-run law firm of Fiennes & Plunkett. The gruelling hours and manic intensity of his job have come close to breaking him, but he has made it through the years and is now within a whisker of his millions: in less than two weeks, he will know the outcome of the partnership vote. He decides to spend the wait in Cuba in an attempt to rediscover his youthful enthusiasm and curiosity, and to clear his mind before the arrival of the news that might change his life forever. But alone in Havana he becomes lost in nostalgia and begins to relive his past…

A story of aspiration and self-doubt, conflict and love, Being Simon Haines paints a realistic, often humorous picture of a generation of young professionals in search of validation.



"Beautiful, intelligent and thoroughly readable."

- Ian Sansom