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    • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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    Best-selling author Simon Winchester writes a magnificent history of the pioneering engineers who developed precision machinery to allow us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson. Precision is the key to everything. It is an integral, unchallenged and essential component of our modern social, mercantile, scientific, mechanical and intellectual landscapes. The items we value in our daily lives - a camera, a phone, a computer, a bicycle, a car, a dishwasher perhaps - all sport components that fit together with precision and operate with near perfection....

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    • By Sally Margetts on 26-07-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Meaning of Everything

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The creation of the Oxford English Dictionary was a remarkable achievement, and a story of determination, hard work and inspired research. Simon Winchester, with his characteristic gift for bringing history to life, charts the fascinating life of the OED leading up to the appointment of the first editor, James Murray, in 1879, through to the OED's triumphant publication in 1928 and beyond. The Meaning of Everything is a must for anyone with an interest in language and words.

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    • Biography of a dictionary

    • By Alan Coady on 06-05-15

    Regular price: £12.99

    • The Surgeon of Crowthorne

    • The Murder, Mystery and Madness of the Oxford English Dictionary
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The compiling of the OED was a monumental task. It took 50 years, even with the help of numerous contributors. Among the most prolific was William Chester Minor, who sent editor James Murray thousands of extracts. On many occasions, Murray invited this mysterious correspondent to Oxford, but the invitation was always declined. Finally stirred by curiosity, Murray himself went to visit Minor. What he found was shocking: Minor lived in Broadmoor asylum.

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    • By Sally Margetts on 24-04-18

    Regular price: £15.69

    • Pacific: The Ocean of the Future

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future. The Pacific is a world of tsunamis and Magellan, of the Bounty mutiny and the Boeing Company. It is the stuff of the towering Captain Cook and his wide-ranging network of exploring voyages, Robert Louis Stevenson and Admiral Halsey.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Pacific - Tumultuous Ocean

    • By Anthony on 12-12-16

    Regular price: £14.49

    • The Fracture Zone

    • A Return to the Balkans
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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    Award-winning journalist and author Simon Winchester takes readers on a personal tour of the Balkans. Combining history and interviews with the people who live there, Winchester offers a fascinating glimpse into the complex issues at work in this chaotic region. Unrest in the Balkans has gone on for centuries. A seasoned reporter, Winchester visited the region twenty years ago. When Kosovo reached crisis level in 1997, Winchester thought a return visit to the beleaguered area would help to make sense out of the awful violence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not about the wars, more the surroundings

    • By Bangor on 31-12-17

    Regular price: £20.69

    • Krakatoa

    • The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
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    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    Regular price: £26.19

    • The Perfectionists

    • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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    The New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

    Regular price: £28.29

    • The Meaning of Everything

    • The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
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    Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries: The Oxford English Dictionary.

    Regular price: £26.19

    • A Crack in the Edge of the World

    • America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    Regular price: £19.89

    • Alice Behind Wonderland

    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
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    On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London. Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image - as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation - as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature.

    Regular price: £14.69

    • A Crack in the Edge of the World

    • America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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    The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

    Regular price: £26.19

    • The Map That Changed the World

    • William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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    In 1793, William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, made a startling discovery that was to turn the science of geology on its head. While surveying the route for a canal near Bath, he noticed that the fossils found in one layer of the rocks he was excavating were very different from those found in another. And out of that realization came an epiphany: that by following these fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped, rose and fell, clear across England and clear across the world.

    Regular price: £26.19

    • Outposts

    • Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire
    • By: Simon Winchester
    • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
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    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 remains 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 of imperial glory.

    Regular price: £19.89