Simon Winchester writes lively histories and biographies, often using his own travels as a framework for the book. Whether he writes about volcanoes, the Oxford English Dictionary, China, earthquakes, or geography, Winchester's books are always entertaining.
Those I have read are in red; those on my TBR shelf are in blue.
Here is the list, starting with his latest release:
The Alice Behind Wonderland
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
The Man Who Loved China: Joseph Needham and the Making of a Masterpiece (reviewed here)
A Crack in the Edge of the World
Lonely Planet: Simon Winchester's Calcutta
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded
The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
The Fracture Zone: My Return to the Balkans
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
The River at the Center of the World: A Journey Up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time
Pacific Nightmare (a novel)
Pacific Rising: The Emergence of a New World Culture
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles
Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire
Prison Diary, Argentina: A Falklands Story
Their Noble Lordships: Class and Power in Modern Britain
American Heartbeat: Some Notes from a Midwestern Journey
In Holy Terror
Photo: Simon Winchester at Dinosaur National Monument in the Uinta mountains on the border between Colorado and Utah, while researching his next book about America. Photo by Setsuko WInchester, used by permission.
Last updated on April 19, 2012.
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