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Simon Winder - Author

About the Author

Simon Winder was born in London in 1963, somewhat prematurely thanks to his mother's response to all the action and adventure in From Russia with Love. He is the editor of a number of anthologies, including the highly praised Night Thoughts. He works in publishing, most recently at Penguin where he had the perhaps slightly disturbing fan's apotheosis of actually buying the rights to Ian Fleming's novels. He lives in Wandsworth Town.

Featured books by Simon Winder

Danubia A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Danubia A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Author: Simon Winder Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw off - through luck, guile and sheer mulishness - any number of rivals, until finally packing up in 1918. From their principal lairs along the Danube they ruled most of Central Europe and Germany and interfered everywhere - indeed the history of Europe hardly makes sense without them. Simon Winder's extremely funny new book plunges the reader into a maelstrom of alchemy, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unfortunate marriages and a guinea-pig village. Danubia is full of music, piracy, religion and fighting. It is the history of a dynasty, but it is at least as much about the people they ruled, who spoke many different languages, lived in a vast range of landscapes, believed in many rival gods and often showed a marked ingratitude towards their oddball ruler in Vienna. Readers who discovered Simon Winder's genius for telling wonderful stories of middle Europe with Germania will be delighted by the eccentric and fascinating stories of the Habsburgs and their world. Danubia was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013.

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Other books by Simon Winder

Lotharingia A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country

Lotharingia A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country

Author: Simon Winder Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

'He is a master of the art of making history both funny and fun, with never any loss of seriousness. Once again he brings Germany bouncing back to life.' Simon Jenkins, author of A Short History of Europe. At the heart of western Europe lies a huge swath of land, stretching from the mud and fogs of the North Sea coast, down through countless market towns, ports, fortresses and ancient cathedrals, through a mass of river systems and forests, all the way to the great barrier of the Alps. Divided by their languages, religions and frontiers, everyone living there shares one thing: that they are inhabitants of a lost part of Europe - Lotharingia. In his highly entertaining new book Simon Winder tells the story of this ghostly but persistent presence. In AD 843, the three surviving grandsons of the great Emperor Charlemagne met at Verdun. After years of bitter squabbles over who would inherit the family land, they finally decided to divide the territory and go their separate ways. In a moment of staggering significance, one grandson inherited what became France, another Germany and the third Lotharingia, the chunk that initially divided the other two chunks: `the lands of Lothar'. The dynamic between these three great zones has dictated much of our subsequent fate. Lotharingia is a history of this in-between land and joins the equally fascinating Germania and Danubia in Simon Winder's personal exploration of Europe. In this beguiling, hilarious and compelling book we retrace how both from west and from east any number of ambitious characters have tried and failed to grapple with these people. Over many centuries, not only has Lotharingia brought forth many of Europe's greatest artists, inventors and thinkers, but it has also reduced many a would-be conqueror to helpless tears of rage and frustration.

Lotharingia A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country

Lotharingia A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country

Author: Simon Winder Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2019

'He is a master of the art of making history both funny and fun, with never any loss of seriousness. Once again he brings Germany bouncing back to life.' Simon Jenkins, author of A Short History of Europe. At the heart of western Europe lies a huge swath of land, stretching from the mud and fogs of the North Sea coast, down through countless market towns, ports, fortresses and ancient cathedrals, through a mass of river systems and forests, all the way to the great barrier of the Alps. Divided by their languages, religions and frontiers, everyone living there shares one thing: that they are inhabitants of a lost part of Europe - Lotharingia. In his highly entertaining new book Simon Winder tells the story of this ghostly but persistent presence. In AD 843, the three surviving grandsons of the great Emperor Charlemagne met at Verdun. After years of bitter squabbles over who would inherit the family land, they finally decided to divide the territory and go their separate ways. In a moment of staggering significance, one grandson inherited what became France, another Germany and the third Lotharingia, the chunk that initially divided the other two chunks: `the lands of Lothar'. The dynamic between these three great zones has dictated much of our subsequent fate. Lotharingia is a history of this in-between land and joins the equally fascinating Germania and Danubia in Simon Winder's personal exploration of Europe. In this beguiling, hilarious and compelling book we retrace how both from west and from east any number of ambitious characters have tried and failed to grapple with these people. Over many centuries, not only has Lotharingia brought forth many of Europe's greatest artists, inventors and thinkers, but it has also reduced many a would-be conqueror to helpless tears of rage and frustration.

Kaisers Rumpelkammer

Kaisers Rumpelkammer

Author: Simon Winder Format: eBook Release Date: 24/10/2014

Keine andere Herrscherfamilie in Europa war uber einen derart langen Zeitraum so machtig wie die Habsburger. Und keine andere durfte derart viele exzentrische Gestalten hervorgebracht haben. Simon Winder erzahlt die Geschichte dieser merkwurdigen Dynastie und die ihrer eigensinnigen Untertanen. Dazu reist er kreuz und quer durch das untergegangene Reich an die Orte des Geschehens, lasst ihre Atmosphare auf sich wirken, entdeckt Abseitiges und Bizarres. Uns begegnen Piraten und Besessene, Alchemie und Musik, Juwelen und Skelette, Krieger und Fromme, ungluckliche Ehen - und ein Meerschweinchendorf. Ohne nostalgische Verklarung macht Winder die Vielfalt der Donaumonarchie lebendig und zeigt, wie ihr Erbe die mitteleuropaische Gegenwart pragt. "e;Simon Winders trockener Witz, seine unstillbare Neugier und sein Knnen als Autor haben eine Darstellung des habsburgischen Europa hervorgebracht, die ebenso unterhaltsam wie anregend ist."e;Christopher Clark"e;Ein groartiges und reichhaltiges Lesevergngen."e;Roger Boyes

Danubia A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Danubia A Personal History of Habsburg Europe

Author: Simon Winder Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

For centuries much of Europe was in the hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians and warriors, they saw off - through luck, guile and sheer mulishness - any number of rivals, until finally packing up in 1918. From their principal lairs along the Danube they ruled most of Central Europe and Germany and interfered everywhere - indeed the history of Europe hardly makes sense without them. Simon Winder's extremely funny new book plunges the reader into a maelstrom of alchemy, skeletons, jewels, bear-moats, unfortunate marriages and a guinea-pig village. Danubia is full of music, piracy, religion and fighting. It is the history of a dynasty, but it is at least as much about the people they ruled, who spoke many different languages, lived in a vast range of landscapes, believed in many rival gods and often showed a marked ingratitude towards their oddball ruler in Vienna. Readers who discovered Simon Winder's genius for telling wonderful stories of middle Europe with Germania will be delighted by the eccentric and fascinating stories of the Habsburgs and their world. Danubia was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013.

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The Man Who Saved Britain

The Man Who Saved Britain

Author: Simon Winder Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2011

After victory in World War II, Britain was a relieved but also a profoundly traumatized country. Simon Winder, born into this nation of uncertain identity, fell in love (as many before and since) with the man created as the antidote, a quintessentially British figure of great cultural significance: James Bond. Written with passion, wit and a great deal of personal insight and affection, this book is his wildly amusing attempt to get to grips with Bond's legacy and the difficult decades in which it really mattered. `A more entertaining tour of 007, and the period associations that get sucked into Winder's great comic intelligence, is hard to imagine' London Review of Books `Diversions for the general reader and delights for the Bond enthusiast' Sunday Times `A delightfully quirky, immediately engaging book' Scotland on Sunday

Germany, oh Germany

Germany, oh Germany

Author: Simon Winder Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2010

Denkt man an die Geschichte der Deutschen, so liegen darauf immer noch - und aus erklarlichen Grunden - die langen Schatten des "e;Dritten Reichs"e;. Aber muss man deshalb die gesamte deutsche Vergangenheit, auch das, was viel weiter zuruckliegt, nach wie vor mit spitzen Fingern anfassen? Nein, meint Simon Winder. Und so begibt er sich auf Spurensuche und erzahlt uns neu, was zwischen der Zeit der Germanen und dem Beginn des NS-Regimes geschah. Dabei fasziniert ihn besonders das Ungewohnliche und das, was man davon heute noch sehen kann. Er zeigt uns die schonsten Altstadtkerne, fuhrt uns in Museen, Schlosser und Kirchen, daran entzunden sich locker plaudernde Geschichtsstunden uber Kunstlernaturen und Kriegswirren, uber Wagner und Wald, uber Erbfolgen, Einsamkeit und Erfindergeist. Und schlielich erfahrt er - ausgerechnet bei einem Schostakowitsch-Stuck, das im Hofbrauhaus erklingt -, was das heutige Deutschland trotz oder gerade wegen seiner komplexen Geschichte so besonders macht ...

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