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  • The Professor and the Madmanby Simon Winchester

    HarperCollins US 2006; US$ 10.99

    The Professor and the Madman , masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED , begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken.... more...

  • The Map That Changed the Worldby Simon Winchester

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell?clear across England and, indeed, clear across the world?making it possible, for the first time ever, to draw a chart of... more...

  • The Fracture Zoneby Simon Winchester

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    A True Portrait of One of the World's Most Chaotic and Beautiful Regions That Explains Why Violence Has Always Occurred There--And Why It May Continue For Years To Come The vast and mountainous area that makes up the Balkans is rife with discord, both cultural and topographical. And, as Simon Winchester superbly demonstrates in this intimate portrait... more...

  • Koreaby Simon Winchester

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    In the late 1980s, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester set out on foot to discover the Republic of Korea -- from its southern tip to the North Korean border -- in order to set the record straight about this enigmatic and elusive land. Fascinating for its vivid presentation of historical and geographic detail, Korea is that rare book... more...

  • Outpostsby Simon Winchester

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last glint... more...

  • Atlanticby Simon Winchester

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 13.99

    "Variably genial, cautionary, lyrical, admonitory, terrifying, horrifying and inspiring?A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account." ? Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester... more...

  • The Man Who Loved Chinaby Simon Winchester

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 13.99

    In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman ("Elegant and scrupulous"? New York Times Book Review ) and Krakatoa ("A mesmerizing page-turner"? Time ) brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets... more...

  • The Meaning of Everythingby Simon Winchester

    Oxford University Press, USA 2003; US$ 18.99

    From the best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman, The Map That Changed the World, and Krakatoa comes a truly wonderful celebration of the English language and of its unrivaled treasure house, the Oxford English Dictionary. Writing with marvelous brio, Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language--"so vast,... more...

  • The Alice Behind Wonderlandby Simon Winchester

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 15.99

    In the summer of 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church in Oxford, Charles Dodgson--better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll--dressed the six-year-old Alice Liddell in ragamuffin's clothes, and then snapped the camera's shutter. In The Alice Behind Wonderland, Simon Winchester uses the famous photograph of Alice as the launching pad for... more...

  • A Crack in the Edge of the Worldby Simon Winchester

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    A burgeoning new city is built on the dreams of the American gold rush. It is also built upon a landscape that has been stretching, sliding and breaking apart for millennia. In 1906 the dreams of this city came crashing down beneath the rippling wave of a horrifying earthquake that turned roads into great rippling rivers, that set buildings ablaze... more...