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Simon Jenkins - Author

About the Author

Simon Jenkins is the author of the bestselling England’s Thousand Best Churches and England’s Thousand Best Houses, the former editor of The Times and Evening Standard and a columnist for the Guardian. He is also chairman of the National Trust.

 

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Featured books by Simon Jenkins

A Short History of England

A Short History of England

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2011

A definitive and concise account of our remarkable past. There have been long synoptic histories of England but until now there has been no standard short work covering all significant events, themes and individuals. Published with the support of the National Trust, and beautifully illustrated, this magisterial history will be the standard work for years to come.

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Other books by Simon Jenkins

A Short History of London The Creation of a World Capital

A Short History of London The Creation of a World Capital

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2019

LONDON: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This changeful place became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And having risen from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world. From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. He masterfully explains the battles that determined how London was conceived and built - and especially the perennial conflict between money and power. Based in part on his experiences of and involvement in the events that shaped the post-war city, and with his trademark colour and authority, Jenkins shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. Fascinating for locals and visitors alike, this is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage. 'A handsome book ... full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought' Michael Wood, New Statesman on A Short History of England 'Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book for Christmas...I can imagine no better companion on a voyage across England' Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph on England's Thousand Best Houses

The Yorkshire Beer Bible - Second Edition A drinkers guide to the brewers and beers of God's own country.

The Yorkshire Beer Bible - Second Edition A drinkers guide to the brewers and beers of God's own country.

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2019

In this newly-updated comprehensivecguide to Yorkshire brewing, renowned beer writer Simon Jenkins trawls the length and breadth of Britain's biggest (and best) county seeking out the brewers old and new, large and small, which between them have created an astonishing resurgent beer scene. From fiercely traditional brewers producing time-honoured beers in slate Yorkshire squares, to the new-wave craft brewers embracing a dizzying variety of imported hops; from the ancient brewer hemmed in by a tight knot of cobbled streets to the brewery set up in a care home to draw attention to life-limiting genetic conditions - Simon found them all. This entertaining journey around the county lists every brewer Simon could find - more than 200 - and features lots of his favourite beers and some of the best places to drink them.

England's 100 Best Views

England's 100 Best Views

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

England's views are remarkable for their beauty and variety. With his usual insight and authority, bestselling author Simon Jenkins picks 100 of the very best from the white cliffs of Dover to Hadrian's Wall - and explains the fascinating stories behind each. Jenkins' entertaining and erudite entries provide the rich historical, geographical, botanical and architectural background to breathtaking sights - all beautifully illustrated - both iconic and undiscovered. From Gold Hill, the Dorset village street so famously picturesque it was used in a Hovis advert, to the view of the City of London famously depicted by Canaletto and the wilds of the Yorkshire moors. This book will inspire you to discover the treasures of England's sea, city and landscapes for yourself. Filled with roman roads, cliff-tops, follies, mountains, ancient castles, rolling forests and heart-stopping moments, you'll soon wonder how you chose walks, mini-breaks or spontaneous diversions without it. The perfect guide to Britain's landscape - now available in paperback.

A Short History of Europe From Pericles to Putin

A Short History of Europe From Pericles to Putin

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

The first short narrative history of the continent, from the author of the bestselling A Short History of England Europe is an astonishingly successful place. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins grippingly tells the story of its evolution from warring peoples to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Dark Ages, the Reformation and the French Revolution, to the Second World War and up to the present day. Jenkins takes in leaders from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc, to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. He brings together the transformative forces and dominant eras into one chronological tale - all with his usual insight, colour and authority. Despite the importance of Europe's politics, economy and culture, there has not been - until now - a concise book to tell this story. Covering the key events, themes and individuals, Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely - or masterful. 'Full of stand-out facts ... absolutely fascinating' - Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2, on 'A Short History of England' 'Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece' - Independent, Books of the Year on England's Thousand Best Churches 'Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed' - Adam Nicolson on 'England's Thousand Best Houses', Evening Standard 'Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought' - Michael Wood on 'A Short History of England', New Statesman 'Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book' - Max Hastings on 'England's Thousand Best Houses', Sunday Telegraph

A Short History of Europe From Pericles to Putin

A Short History of Europe From Pericles to Putin

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

The first short narrative history of the continent, from the author of the bestselling A Short History of England Europe has for two millennia been a remarkably successful continent. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins tells the story of its evolution from a battlefield of warring tribes to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, Reformation and French Revolution, to the two World Wars and the present day. Jenkins embraces individuals from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc, to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. Tracing themes down the ages, from youthful ambition and religious conflict to geographical constraints and invasion, he brings together the key forces and dominant periods into one chronological narrative - all with his usual insight, colour and authority. While experiencing almost constant turbulence, Europe has left an indelible mark on the world. How did one small continent become so powerful? How did these diverse peninsulas and islands, over time, develop a collective consciousness? How did diplomacy so often collapse into bloodshed, and what are the implications of this today? Despite the importance of Europe's politics, economy and culture, there has not been - until now - a concise book to tell this story. Covering the key events, eras and individuals, Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely - or more masterful. Praise for A Short History of England 'A handsome book ... full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought' Michael Wood, New Statesman *** 'Europe's diversity and military supremacy, its dynamism and economic energy, its scientific prowess and cultural creativity give it a special place in human history. Even today, in a period of relative decline, it remains a magnet to refugees, migrants, scholars and travellers from across the world... For all its oppressions, cruelties and ongoing mistakes, I see it as a remarkable corner of the globe.' *** Praise for England's Thousand Best Houses 'Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book for Christmas...I can imagine no better companion on a voyage across England.' Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph

A Short History of Europe From Pericles to Putin

A Short History of Europe From Pericles to Putin

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2018

The first short, single-volume history of the continent, from the author of the bestselling A Short History of England Europe has for two millennia been a remarkably successful continent. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins tells the story of its evolution from a battlefield of warring tribes to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, Reformation and French Revolution, to the two World Wars and the present day. Jenkins embraces individuals from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc, to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. Tracing themes down the ages, from youthful ambition and religious conflict to geographical constraints and invasion, he brings together the key forces and dominant periods into one chronological narrative - all with his usual insight, colour and authority. While experiencing almost constant turbulence, Europe has left an indelible mark on the world. How did one small continent become so powerful? How did these diverse peninsulas and islands, over time, develop a collective consciousness? How did diplomacy so often collapse into bloodshed, and what are the implications of this today? Despite the importance of Europe's politics, economy and culture, there has not been - until now - a concise book to tell this story. Covering the key events, eras and individuals, Jenkins' portrait of the continent could not be more timely - or more masterful. 'Full of stand-out facts ... absolutely fascinating' - Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 2, on A Short History of England 'Masterly, perhaps a masterpiece' - Independent, Books of the Year on England's Thousand Best Churches 'Jenkins is, like all good guides, more than simply informative: he can be courteous and rude, nostalgic and funny, elegant, convincing and relaxed' - Adam Nicolson on England's Thousand Best Houses, Evening Standard 'Full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought' - Michael Wood on A Short History of England, New Statesman 'Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book' - Max Hastings on England's Thousand Best Houses, Sunday Telegraph

The Yorkshire Beer Bible A drinkers guide to the brewers, beers and pubs of God's own county

The Yorkshire Beer Bible A drinkers guide to the brewers, beers and pubs of God's own county

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

In this comprehensive new guide to Yorkshire brewing, renowned beer writer Simon Jenkins trawls the length and breadth of Britain's biggest (and best) county seeking out the brewers old and new, large and small, which between them have created an astonishing resurgent beer scene. From fiercely traditional brewers producing time-honoured beers in slate Yorkshire squares, to the new-wave craft brewers embracing a dizzying variety of imported hops; from the ancient brewer hemmed in by a tight knot of cobbled streets to the brewery established in the disused toilets of a rugby league ground - Simon found them all. This entertaining journey around the county lists every brewer Simon could find - 166 at the last count - and features lots of his favourite beers and some of the best places to drink them.

Jumble Sales of the Apocalypse

Jumble Sales of the Apocalypse

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2017

The humble jumble sale and the mighty Apocalypse don't obviously have much in common, except that they're both part of Christianity. Much attention has rightly been paid to the Apocalypse and all the big things of Christianity, but there's also surprising value to be found in the small and neglected things - things like holy shopping items, such as 'What Would Jesus Do' boxer shorts, the Seven Deadly Chocolates, leopard-skin coffins, talking tombstones and fluffy loo covers printed with the words, 'Let my people go'...Jumble Sales of the Apocalypse invites you to ponder the deeper meaning of these things, and to consider neglected questions such as, 'What do you do when the Second Coming is scheduled for next Wednesday? ...Assemble at your nearest church? Make sure you've got clean underwear on? Confess those last sins? Send some goodbye texts to unbelieving friends? Take Paracetamol in case the rapture gives you the bends?' This hilarious book highlights the true value of religion by exploring the comedy of its wilder excesses. It looks at religion gone wrong, gone right, or simply gone AWOL. Above all, it asks readers to own up to being fallible and human and therefore, by the grace of God, a little more tolerant of those who see and do things differently.

England's Cathedrals

England's Cathedrals

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

'Inspired . . . encourages us to take a fresh look at the familiar' - The Times England's cathedrals are the nation's glory. They tower over its landscape, outranking palaces, castles and mansions. They attract roughly half the nation's population each year. For a millennium they have been objects of pilgrimage for those seeking faith, consolation and beauty. Still at the start of the twenty-first century, they remain unequalled in their size and splendour. More than any other English institution, cathedrals reflect the vicissitudes of history and should be treasured as such. They are custodians of culture and of the rituals of civic life. They offer welfare and relieve suffering. They uplift spirits with their beauty. In a real sense they are still what they were when first built a millennium ago, a glimpse of the sublime. Gloriously illustrated throughout, England's Cathedrals not only offers us a companion to England's Thousand Best Churches, it takes us on an enthralling tour of the nation and its history, through some of our most astonishing buildings.

The Bible from Scratch A lightning tour from Genesis to Revelation

The Bible from Scratch A lightning tour from Genesis to Revelation

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2015

For all who find the Bible a bit daunting, The Bible from Scratch could be just what's needed. It offers a lightning sketch of the Bible using easy-to-follow graphics and explains clearly and simply the essential meaning of every Bible book. It provides helpful hints for understanding what each biblical writer was aiming to get across to his readers. And it introduces all the famous people and events in the Bible story. Lively, witty and entertaining, it's the ideal starting point for all who want to get better acquainted with the world's bestselling book, but don't know where to start.

The Great Leeds Pub Crawl

The Great Leeds Pub Crawl

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2015

short history of England

short history of England

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2015

Istoriya Anglii okutana dlya nas dymkoj priklyuchencheskih romanov i istoricheskih fil'mov. I ehta kniga, povestvuyushchaya ob osnovnyh vekhah v istorii derzhavy, nekogda vladevshej ogromnymi territoriyami, perezhivshej mnozhestvo potryasenij, religioznyj raskol, revolyucii, dve mirovye vojny, chitaetsya kak zahvatyvayushchij roman. Sehr Sajmon Dzhenkins, chlen Korolevskogo literaturnogo obshchestva, zhurnalist i avtor nashumevshih knig po istorii i arhitekture, napisal ee s lyubov'yu i znaniem dela, osnovyvayas' na bogatom dokumental'nom materiale. Istoricheski tochnoe povestvovanie ne stalo ot ehtogo menee uvlekatel'nym. Kratkaya istoriya Anglii vmestila udivitel'no mnogo burnyh sobytij, predopredelivshih tu unikal'nuyu rol', kotoruyu sygrala ehta strana v istorii Evropy da i vsego mira. Sehr Sajmon Dzhenkins, chlen Korolevskogo literaturnogo obshchestva, vliyatel'nyj publicist, kolumnist Guardian, byl vozveden v rycarskoe dostoinstvo za zaslugi pered zhurnalistikoj. Avtor bestsellerov Tysyacha luchshih cerkvej Anglii i Tysyacha luchshih domov Anglii. Personazhi ehtoj knigi - koroli i politiki, zavoevateli i svyatye, aristokraty i prostolyudiny. Po slovam avtora, dramaticheskaya istoriya Anglii sostoit iz cheredy triumfov i tragedij. Normandskoe zavoevanie, Velikaya hartiya vol'nostej, bitva pri Azenkure, zheny Genriha VIII, Elizaveta I, Kromvel', Gladston, Dizraehli, CHerchill' Obo vsem ehtom Sajmon Dzhenkins rasskazyvaet udivitel'no yarko i dinamichno, s lyubov'yu i istinno anglijskim yumorom. I proshloe ozhivaet na stranicah Kratkoj istorii Anglii.

Mission Accomplished? The Crisis of International Intervention

Mission Accomplished? The Crisis of International Intervention

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2015

Why do politicians send troops to foreign soil, to fight battles they rarely win? Is it old-fashioned imperialism tainted with a crusader complex? Or is the West a partisan for the helpless? The fall of the Soviet Union left the West aimless. With no conflicting dogma to reinforce its sense of justice the West assumed the role of global policeman - aid graduated from charitable to economic and, finally, military. Ideological struggle was replaced by a vague and confused concept of international justice, shrouded in real-politik. Yet scepticism now pervades the interventionist debate. Simon Jenkins traces the rise of 'liberal interventionism' from Kosovo and the 'war on terror' to present day conflicts in Libya, Syria and Ukraine, asking: what can we learn from the miscalculations, mistakes, and mendacity of 'the age of intervention'? As ISIS sweeps through Middle-East, calls for a military solution are increasing. By exposing interventionist rhetoric and highlighting past mistakes, Jenkins gives us an invaluable contribution to the active and essential debate on the West's role in global conflicts.

A Short History of England

A Short History of England

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/03/2015

From the invaders of the dark ages to today's coalition, one of Britain's most respected journalists, Simon Jenkins, weaves together a strong narrative with all the most important and interesting dates in a book that is as stylish as it is authoritative. There have been long synoptic histories of England but until now there has been no standard short work covering all significant events, themes and individuals.

South West England's Best Views

South West England's Best Views

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2013

England's views are remarkable for their beauty and variety. In this illustrated, first-of-its-kind guide, bestselling author Simon Jenkins picks the very best views from South West England, including Dartmouth, Dartmoor's Haytor, Plymouth Hoe, Tintagel, Bath (Royal Crescent and Prior Park), Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge, Chesil Beach, Exmoor, Glastonbury Tor, Little Bredy, Lyme Regis, Salisbury, Stourhead, and much more - and explains the fascinating stories behind them. Jenkins' entertaining and erudite entries provide the rich historical, geographical, botanical and architectural background to South West England's breathtaking sights both iconic and undiscovered. Filled with roman roads, cliff-tops, follies, mountains, ancient castles, rolling forests and heart-stopping moments, you'll soon wonder how you chose walks, mini-breaks or spontaneous diversions without it.

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