Browse Meet the Writers
Writers A-Z

Writers by Genre
  Featured Writers  
Children's Writers & Illustrators

Classic Writers

Mystery & Thriller Writers

Romance Writers
  Special Features  
Author Recommendations

Audio Interviews

Video Interviews

The Writers of 2006
Award Winners
Discover Great New Writers

National Book Award Fiction Writers

National Book Award Nonfiction Writers
Find a Store
Enter ZIP Code
Easy Returns
to any Barnes &
Noble store.
About the Writer
* Biography
* Good to Know
In Our Other Stores
*Signed First Editions by Simon Winchester
If You Like Simon Winchester
You'll Like...
*Dan Brown
*Erik Larson
*Susan Orlean
*Dava Sobel
Meet the Writers

Image of 
									Simon WinchesterSimon Winchester
Journalist Simon Winchester had already published a list of travel and historical titles before a footnote in a book about dictionary-making led him to his tale of a prolific contributor to the gargantuan Oxford English Dictionary. That book, The Professor and the Madman, became a surprise hit -- and made Winchester a leading practitioner of what The New York Times calls “cocktail-party science.”

* Read the biography

Fact File

Simon Winchester
Current Home:
Massachusetts; Scotland
Date of Birth:
September 28, 1944
Place of Birth:
M.A., St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, 1966

Winchester's Latest

Selected Works

Book Cover Image. Title: 
								Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906, Author: 
								Simon Winchester.

Our Price:  $ 12.05
You Save:  24%

Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
by Simon Winchester
On April 18, 1906, San Francisco and its surrounding area was overcome by an enormous shaking that was compounded by the violent shocks of an earthquake, registering 8.25 on the Richter scale. In his latest work, Winchester brings his inimitable take to this story, exploring not only what happened in 1906, but what we have learned since then about the geological underpinnings that caused the quake.

*  Read an excerpt
Book Cover Image. Title: 
								Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, Author: 
								Simon Winchester.
*  American Heartbeat (1976)
*  Stones of Empire: The Buildings of the Raj (1983)
*  The River at the Center of the World: A Journey up the Yangtze, and Back in Chinese Time (1996)
*  The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (1998)
*  The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology (2001)
*  Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 (2003)
*  The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (2004)
*  Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 (2005)

*  See the Simon Winchester chronology

The Best Book to Read First

Book Cover Image. Title: 
								The Professor and the Madman, Author: 
								Simon Winchester.

Our Price: $ 12.58
You Save:  9%

The Professor and the Madman
by Simon Winchester
From our Editors: "The Professor and the Madman interweaves the sagas of Murray, Minor, and the Oxford English Dictionary with all the fascination of a well-crafted mystery, compelling the reader to find out how two such remarkable men came to cooperate on such a ludicrously ambitious project. Simon Winchester's history celebrates the dictionary, the man who made it happen, and one of the project's most remarkable volunteers. Three great stories for the price of one."

*  Read an excerpt

A Wordsmith at Work

Winchester has always made it clear that he likes to be precise. In fact, when NPR’s Bob Edwards commented that the author’s pro-precision/anti-thesaurus position might live him open to charges of anti-populism, even elitism, Winchester shrugged it off. “I have to say that I'm not against elitism in writing,” he responded. “Not at all. I'm going to attempt till I go to my grave, I think, to write in as precise and evocative and romantic way as I can and to care about the language. So maybe the readers won't like it. So maybe I am elitist. So suck it up.”

Photo by Bettina Strauss