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Simon Winchester was born in London, England on September 28, 1944. He read geology at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. After graduation in 1966, he joined a Canadian mining company and worked as field geologist in Uganda. The following year he decided to become a journalist. His first reporting mostrar mais job was for The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1969, he joined The Guardian and was named Britain's Journalist of the Year in 1971. He also worked for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times before becoming a freelancer. He is the author of numerous books including In Holy Terror, The River at the Center of the World, The Alice Behind Wonderland, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, and.Exactly: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to journalism and literature. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Simon Winchester

The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (2003) — Narrador, algumas edições3,020 exemplares
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World (2018) — Author & Narrator — 839 exemplares
The Alice Behind Wonderland (2011) 224 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2009 (2009) — Editor — 124 exemplares
When the Earth Shakes (2015) 74 exemplares
Simon Winchester's Calcutta (2004) 70 exemplares
In Holy Terror (1974) 18 exemplares
Prison Diary, Argentina (1983) 15 exemplares
The End of the River (2020) 7 exemplares
The Fatal Equation 2 exemplares
The Classic Age 1 exemplar
Shanghai Winchester (1999) 1 exemplar
Aerial Hong Kong 1 exemplar
"Word Imperfect" 1 exemplar

Associated Works

In Other Words (2004) — Prefácio, algumas edições410 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 236 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 210 exemplares
The Kindness of Strangers (2003) — Autor — 200 exemplares
Weird and Wonderful Words (2002) — Prefácio — 161 exemplares
By the Seat of My Pants (2005) — Contribuidor — 145 exemplares
Granta 73: Necessary Journeys (2001) — Contribuidor — 139 exemplares
Original Letters from India (1986) — Introdução, algumas edições126 exemplares
Tales from Nowhere (2006) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
Granta 56: What Happened to Us? (1996) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Worlds to Explore: Classic Tales of Travel and Adventure from National Geographic (2006) — Introdução, algumas edições100 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
The Dylan Companion: A Collection of Essential Writing About Bob Dylan (1990) — Contribuidor, algumas edições96 exemplares
Small World (1995) — Introdução, algumas edições57 exemplares
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Unsavory Elements: Stories of Foreigners on the Loose in China (2013) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Extreme Earth (2003) — Prefácio — 17 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1994 (1994) — Author "Eternal Argument" and "Two Centuries of the IRA" — 15 exemplares
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1996 (1996) — Author "The Escape of the Amethyst" — 11 exemplares


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The Man Who Loved China group read em 75 Books Challenge for 2014 (Dezembro 2014)


I read this because my daughter has recently gone to live and work in South Korea for a year. Accessible material about the country is hard to come by. This book was published in 1988, but I gather it's still regarded as a useful introduction. Winchester decides to walk the length of the country, following the trail of 17th century Dutch adventurers who were held captive here. Hiking is not a Korean hobby, and his unusual idea excites the interest of people who he meets on the way. So he shares the insights he gains from Irish missionaries, Korean hoteliers, travellers, women divers, ginseng growers, an American recluse .... and so on. He relishes the contrast between a fast disappearing traditional and largely country way of life, and the super-fast and rapidly developing towns. Winchester writes engagingly and with sympathy and respect for his Korean hosts. It's made me want to visit ... and not just to see my daughter… (mais)
Margaret09 | 13 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2024 |
Another Simon Winchester deep dive into an specific aspect of history, this time about a handful of people who, early on, shaped the US into the country it is.

Meh. Not my favorite of his works; I found myself needing to put effort into focusing on the content, and that’s usually not the case with Winchester’s writing.
electrascaife | 23 outras críticas | Apr 10, 2024 |
Dated, written during Obama’s administration, but that doesn’t necessarily affect how I feel about a book because I enjoy reading histories. Some of the chapters—corresponding to specific topics—were very interesting, like the one about North Korea. But some chapters felt so haphazard lacking a strong central theme, like the one about peoples gaining their independence, and believe it or not, the chapter about Australia. Themes weren’t always obvious so rather than focus on what was being said, I was trying to figure out what the heck the chapter was about. I liked that the author narrated the audiobook—he had a Pooh bear-like voice and he could get away with voicing him! Sadly this was a long investment of time for a so-so rating.… (mais)
KarenMonsen | 22 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2024 |
Like all of Winchester’s books, interesting and full of both facts and the author’s beliefs. Was reminded that his true background is in geology . Particularly enjoyed the sections in the h bomb and on mount pinatubo
cspiwak | 1 outra crítica | Mar 6, 2024 |



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