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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 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) — biography from The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary… (more)
The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (Narrator, some editions) 2,928 copies, 57 reviews
The Alice Behind Wonderland 215 copies, 12 reviews
The Best American Travel Writing 2009 (Editor) 119 copies, 3 reviews
Simon Winchester's Calcutta 68 copies, 1 review
When the Earth Shakes 68 copies, 3 reviews
In Holy Terror 16 copies
In Other Words (Foreword, some editions) 397 copies, 12 reviews
The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (Contributor) 232 copies, 1 review
The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (Contributor) 210 copies, 1 review
The Kindness of Strangers (Author) 195 copies, 3 reviews
Weird and Wonderful Words (Foreword) 154 copies
By the Seat of My Pants (Contributor) 138 copies, 3 reviews
Granta 73: Necessary Journeys (Contributor) 135 copies
Granta 56: What Happened to Us? (Contributor) 122 copies
Original Letters from India (Introduction, some editions) 119 copies, 3 reviews
Tales from Nowhere (Contributor) 115 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (Contributor) 98 copies, 6 reviews
Worlds to Explore: Classic Tales of Travel and Adventure from National… (Introduction, some editions) 95 copies, 1 review
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (Contributor) 51 copies, 2 reviews
Small World (Introduction, some editions) 51 copies
Extreme Earth (Foreword) 16 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1994 (Author "Eternal Argument" and "Two Centuries of the IRA") 15 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1996 (Author "The Escape of the Amethyst") 11 copies

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