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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

From the Battle of Catterick (AD 598) to the premiership of Tony Blair, 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 characteristically is as stylish as it is authoritative.

Other books by Simon Jenkins

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: 08/11/2018

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

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, 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. 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

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

The Bible from Scratch

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2015

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

Join the Yorkshire Evening Post's award-winning beer writer Simon Jenkins on a criss-cross pub crawl through Leeds, calling in at dozens of popular watering holes.Along with descriptions of the beers, pubs and adventures the author encounters along the way, The Great Leeds Pub Crawl also contains fascinating asides about local history, the story of brewing in the city, and it suggests plenty of alternative routes to keep even the thirstiest pub-crawler satisfied.Comprehensively revised and updated, with even more magnificent colour photos, this is a book that no visitor to - or resident of - West Yorkshire's largest city can afford to be without. An ale trail with a difference, it looks at no less than 63 pubs in detail and many more in passing. This is an entertaining, informative and at times surprising tour of one of Britain's most vibrant metropolises.Whether you are after a quiet pint, a lively night out, a chat with friendly locals, the odd cocktail or a quality bite to eat, The Great Leeds Pub Crawl is the guide for you.

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.

South and East England's Best Views

South and East 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 and East England, including Arundel, the Chilterns (Coombe Hill and Turville Down), the white cliffs of Dover, North Downs' Devil's Kneading Trough, Oxford (The High and Radcliffe Square), Stowe, Windsor Great Park, Cambridge's The Backs, Holkham, Lavenham and Sheringham, and more - and explains the fascinating stories behind them. Jenkins' entertaining and erudite entries provide the rich historical, geographical, botanical and architectural background to South and East 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.

London's Best Views

London'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 London's very best views, including Greenwich, The Monument, Parliament Square, Primrose Hill, Richmond Hill and Waterloo Bridge - and explains the fascinating stories behind them. Jenkins' entertaining and erudite entries provide the rich historical, geographical, botanical and architectural background to London's breathtaking sights both iconic and undiscovered.Filled with roman roads, cliff-tops, follies, urban vistas and heart-stopping moments, you'll soon wonder how you chose walks, mini-breaks or spontaneous diversions without it.

Midlands' Best Views

Midlands' 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 the heart of England, including Broadway Tower, Chipping Campden, Clee Hill, Ironbridge Gorge, Malverns, Tyndale Monument, Chatsworth, Kinder Downfall, and more - and explains the fascinating stories behind them. Jenkins' entertaining and erudite entries provide the rich historical, geographical, botanical and architectural background to the Midlands' 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.

North West England's Best Views

North 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 North West England, including the Lake District and Hartside, High Cup Nick and Liverpool Pierhead - and explains the fascinating stories behind them. Jenkins' entertaining and erudite entries provide the rich historical, geographical, botanical and architectural background to North 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.

North East England's Best Views

North East 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 North East England, including Bempton cliffs, Gordale Scar, Hebden Bridge, Richmond, Rievaulx, Saltaire, Whitby Harbour, Durham, Hadrian's Wall, Lindisfarne and Newcastle's Grey Street, and more - and explains the fascinating stories behind them. Jenkins' entertaining and erudite entries provide the rich historical, geographical, botanical and architectural background to North East 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.

A Short History of England

A Short History of England

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

From the Battle of Catterick (AD 598) to the premiership of Tony Blair, 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 characteristically is as stylish as it is authoritative.

England's Thousand Best Churches

England's Thousand Best Churches

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Simon Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of England to select his thousand best churches. Organised by county, each church is described - often with delightful asides - and given a star-rating from one to five. All of the county sections are prefaced by a map locating each church, and lavishly illustrated with colour photos from the Country Life archive. Jenkins contends that these churches house a gallery of vernacular art without equal in the world. Here, he brings that museum to public attention.

Wales Churches, Houses, Castles

Wales Churches, Houses, Castles

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the great citadels of Caernarvon, Harlech, Powis and Beaumaris in the north, to the Victorian glories of Cardiff in the south, St David's cathedral ('the loveliest church in Wales') in the west to the exquisite little hill church of Patrishow in the east, from Plas Newydd above the Menai Straits to the romantic citadel of Carreg Cennan in the heart of the country, the buildings of Wales embody its history and are the equal of any in the British Isles. Simon Jenkins has travelled, it seems, every mile of the country to celebrate, and in some cases to find the very best of them, and irresistibly conveys in this book his enthusiasm for them. Cumulatively they amount to a cultural history of Wales by one of its most devoted sons. Anyone who is visiting Wales or who loves it will want to own this glorious book.

Short History of England

Short History of England

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: eBook Release Date: 22/11/2011

The heroes and villains, triumphs and disasters of English history are instantly familiar-from the Norman Conquest to Henry VIII, Queen Victoria to the two world wars. But to understand their full significance we need to know the whole story.A Short History of England sheds new light on all the key individuals and events in English history by bringing them together in an enlightening account of the country's birth, rise to global prominence, and then partial eclipse. Written with flair and authority by Guardian columnist and LondonTimes former editor Simon Jenkins, this is the definitive narrative of how today's England came to be. Concise but comprehensive, with more than a hundred color illustrations, this beautiful single-volume history will be the standard work for years to come.

The Battle for the Falklands

The Battle for the Falklands

Author: Simon Jenkins, Sir Max Hastings Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2010

The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history - 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government. But it left a chequered aftermath; it was of no wider significance for British interests and taught no lessons. It has since been overshadowed by the two Gulf Wars, however, its political ramifications cannot be overestimated. Max Hastings' and Simon Jenkins' account of the conflict is a modern classic of war reportage and the definitive book on the war. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, The Battle for the Falklands is a vivid chronicle of a call to arms and a thoughtful and informed analysis of an astonishing chapter in the history of our times.

Thatcher and Sons A Revolution in Three Acts

Thatcher and Sons A Revolution in Three Acts

Author: Simon Jenkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

The history of Britain in the last thirty years, under both Conservative and Labour governments, has been dominated by one figure - Margaret Thatcher. Her election marked a decisive break with the past and her premiership transformed not just her country, but the nature of democratic leadership. Simon Jenkins analyses this revolution from its beginnings in the turmoil of the 1970s through the social and economic changes of the 1980s. Was Thatcherism a mere medicine for an ailing economy or a complete political philosophy? And did it eventually fall victim to the dogmatism and control which made it possible? This is the story of the events, personalities, defeats and victories which will be familiar to all those who lived through them, but seen through a new lens. It is also an argument about how Thatcher's legacy has continued down to the present. Not just John Major, but Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are her heirs and acolytes. And as the Conservative party reinvents itself as a viable political force once again, is the age of Thatcher finally over?

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