Simon Langlois is one of Ollie Carey’s longest-standing friends. He works at the local BBC radio station on Guernsey’s east coast, in the media building situated between St Peter Port and St Sampson.
He’s been there for three years and primarily produces content for the news bulletins, which he also scripts and reads. He also packages up longer features for playing out in regular programmes. In book 2, Blowfish, we learn that ‘in three years of reading and writing the news, he’d amassed over five thousand stories’.
Simon and Ollie met at school and remained in contact when Ollie moved to the mainland for his degree, but their friendship really flourished again once Ollie returned following the disappearance of his father, Remus Carey.
He has particularly poor eyesight, in which it is fairly sharp at the edges but unclear in the centre. As a result, Ollie has a tendency to mother him somewhat, much to Simon’s annoyance. He has a very large monitor on his desk in the newsroom, which Ollie observes is larger than most peoples’ home TV, but on which the resolution is set to coarse that it displays less information than Ollie could read on his tablet.
Simon has some understanding of Guernesiais, Guernsey’s local language, and although it’s not perfect it is enough to help Ollie translate some of his father’s logs.
In book 3, Deathday, we learn that he lives in flat eight, on the third floor of a small block of flats close to the bus stops in St Peter Port. There is no view of the sea from his windows because the building faces the wrong way, but that’s not particularly important as he wouldn’t be able to see the sea from that distance anyway.