Following a 30-year career in journalism―as a foreign correspondent in Northern Ireland, the U.S., India, and Hong Kong, alternately for The Guardian and The Sunday Times, and Asia Editor for Condé Nast Traveler―SIMON WINCHESTER published his 13th book, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN, to quite unexpected commercial success. Since then, he has turned almost entirely to writing historically informed or scientifically inspired works of nonfiction, including the bestsellers KRAKATOA, THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING, ATLANTIC, PACIFIC, THE MAN WHO LOVED CHINA, and THE MEN WHO UNITED THE STATES. During the early ‘70s, when Winchester was posted to Washington, D.C., as a correspondent for The Guardian, he spent four years covering the Watergate affair, the resignation of President Nixon, and the election to the White House of Jimmy Carter, among other stories. It was also during this period that he wrote his first book, IN HOLY TERROR, an account of his reporting years in Ireland. In the years since that debut, Winchester has written 30 books. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire ‘for services to journalism and literature’ and in 2009 was elected an Honorary Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He recently wrote OXFORD, the text to accompany a photographic tour of the University by the noted British photographer Martin Parr; and also wrote the text for David Freese’s recently released collection of photographs, THE EAST COAST: ARCTIC TO TROPIC, the second in a collaborative trilogy, of which the third, ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, will be published in 2019. His own latest book, THE PERFECTIONISTS: HOW PRECISION ENGINEERS CREATED THE MODERN WORLD, will be published in May 2018.
Photo Credit: Setsuko Winchester
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