Acclaim for Simon Winchester: "An exceptionally engaging guide at home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity." --Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review
"A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly." --USA Today
"Extraordinarily graceful." --Time
"Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur." --Christopher Buckley
"A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher." --Newsweek
Simon Winchester is the author of The Professor and the Madman, The Map that Changed the World, Krakatoa, and A Crack in the Edge of the World. Each of these have been New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable booklists. In recognition of his accomplished body of work, Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.