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Simon Winchester

Author, "The Man Who Loved China," "The Professor and The Madman," "Atlantic"

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British author and journalist Simon Winchester has a knack for finding fascinating people and events to write about. Fueled by curiosity, passion, and a journalist's instinct for what makes "good copy," Winchester has explored the obscure, arcane, and idiosyncratic, resulting in bestselling books that have been called "extraordinary," "mesmerizing" and "both epic and intimate."

His subjects range from a criminally insane American locked up in an English asylum for murder who was instrumental in compiling the Oxford English Dictionary (The Professor and the Madman) to a freethinking, married Englishman who followed his mistress to China to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations (The Man Who Loved China).

Winchester's other books include the New York Times bestsellers A Crack in The Edge of the World, about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and The Map That Changed The World, about an orphaned son of an English country blacksmith, who became obsessed with creating the world's first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geology.

In his latest book, Winchester plumbs the depths of the mysterious cases that surround the brain in SKULLS: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection. In SKULLS, Winchester presents a spellbinding exploration of an obsessive collector of over 300 animal skulls, including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.

Winchester's own life is as fascinating as that of his subjects. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in geology, he spent a year working as a geologist in the Ruwenzori Mountains in western Uganda and on oil rigs in the North Sea. As a foreign correspondent, Winchester was based in Belfast; Washington, D.C.; New Delhi; New York; London; and Hong Kong, where he covered such stories as Bloody Sunday, Watergate, the fall of President Marcos, the Jonestown Massacre, the assassination of Egypt's President Sadat, and the 1982 Falklands War. During the Falklands conflict, he was arrested and spent three months in prison in Tierra del Fuego, on spying charges.

He also served as Asia-Pacific Editor for Conde Nast Traveler, and contributed to a number of travel publications including National Geographic and Smithsonian magazine.

Winchester writes and presents television films on a variety of historical topics and is a frequent contributor to BBC radio. Yet, the self-described "traditionalist who loves fine paper and ink" has written his first book entirely for a digital medium, an interactive app for the iPad called Skulls, published by Touch Press and available on the App Store. "The app is a wonderful way of exploring the skull in human culture and as a symbol," Winchester says.

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The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection

Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Speaking Topics
  • From Madmen To Oceans: a Conversation With Simon Winchester

    Hearing Simon Winchester speak is like spending time with one of the most fascinating dinner guests you’ve ever hosted, one your friends would beg you to invite back again and again. The author of such bestselling books as The Man Who Loved China, Krakatoa, The Professor and the Madman and his latest, Atlantic, Winchester’s presentations are a fascinating blend of people, history, personal stories, language, travel, science and amazing information about the planet we live on. Winchester offers a vast range of speech topics, tailored for your audience, all told with his lively English humor and skills as a superb storyteller who can make any subject come to life. To hear him speak is to understand the world in a whole new way, one that is suddenly more relevant and more connected. “There is, deep down, an eagerness for real stories, real narratives, about rich and interesting things,” he says. Winchester delivers this in abundance, to the delight of audiences worldwide.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Simon Winchester for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Simon Winchester, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Simon Winchester or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Simon Winchester?

    Booking fees for Simon Winchester, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Simon Winchester, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Simon Winchester?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Simon Winchester for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Simon Winchester for your next private or corporate function.
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Simon Winchester Biography

British author and journalist Simon Winchester has a knack for finding fascinating people and events to write about. Fueled by curiosity, passion, and a journalist's instinct for what makes "good copy," Winchester has explored the obscure, arcane, and idiosyncratic, resulting in bestselling books that have been called "extraordinary," "mesmerizing" and "both epic and intimate."

His subjects range from a criminally insane American locked up in an English asylum for murder who was instrumental in compiling the Oxford English Dictionary (The Professor and the Madman) to a freethinking, married Englishman who followed his mistress to China to bolster his conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of mankind's most familiar innovations (The Man Who Loved China).

Winchester's other books include the New York Times bestsellers A Crack in The Edge of the World, about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and The Map That Changed The World, about an orphaned son of an English country blacksmith, who became obsessed with creating the world's first geological map and ultimately became the father of modern geology.

In his latest book, Winchester plumbs the depths of the mysterious cases that surround the brain in SKULLS: An Exploration of Alan Dudley's Curious Collection. In SKULLS, Winchester presents a spellbinding exploration of an obsessive collector of over 300 animal skulls, including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.

Winchester's own life is as fascinating as that of his subjects. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in geology, he spent a year working as a geologist in the Ruwenzori Mountains in western Uganda and on oil rigs in the North Sea. As a foreign correspondent, Winchester was based in Belfast; Washington, D.C.; New Delhi; New York; London; and Hong Kong, where he covered such stories as Bloody Sunday, Watergate, the fall of President Marcos, the Jonestown Massacre, the assassination of Egypt's President Sadat, and the 1982 Falklands War. During the Falklands conflict, he was arrested and spent three months in prison in Tierra del Fuego, on spying charges.

He also served as Asia-Pacific Editor for Conde Nast Traveler, and contributed to a number of travel publications including National Geographic and Smithsonian magazine.

Winchester writes and presents television films on a variety of historical topics and is a frequent contributor to BBC radio. Yet, the self-described "traditionalist who loves fine paper and ink" has written his first book entirely for a digital medium, an interactive app for the iPad called Skulls, published by Touch Press and available on the App Store. "The app is a wonderful way of exploring the skull in human culture and as a symbol," Winchester says.

Simon Winchester Videos

  • Simon Winchester at TEDxEast - YouTube
    Simon Winchester, best-selling author, journalist, and broadcaster, has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of his career.
  • Simon Winchester on The Man Who Loved China
    Journalist, broadcaster, and bestselling author, Simon Winchester, tells the remarkable story of Joseph Needha.

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Simon Winchester Speaking Topics

  • From Madmen To Oceans: a Conversation With Simon Winchester

    Hearing Simon Winchester speak is like spending time with one of the most fascinating dinner guests you’ve ever hosted, one your friends would beg you to invite back again and again. The author of such bestselling books as The Man Who Loved China, Krakatoa, The Professor and the Madman and his latest, Atlantic, Winchester’s presentations are a fascinating blend of people, history, personal stories, language, travel, science and amazing information about the planet we live on. Winchester offers a vast range of speech topics, tailored for your audience, all told with his lively English humor and skills as a superb storyteller who can make any subject come to life. To hear him speak is to understand the world in a whole new way, one that is suddenly more relevant and more connected. “There is, deep down, an eagerness for real stories, real narratives, about rich and interesting things,” he says. Winchester delivers this in abundance, to the delight of audiences worldwide.

FAQs on booking Simon Winchester

  • How to book Simon Winchester?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Simon Winchester for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Simon Winchester, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Simon Winchester or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Simon Winchester?

    Booking fees for Simon Winchester, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Simon Winchester, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Simon Winchester?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Simon Winchester for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Simon Winchester for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Simon Winchester or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Simon Winchester or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Simon Winchester is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as From Madmen To Oceans: a Conversation With Simon Winchester. The estimated speaking fee range to book Simon Winchester for your event is available upon request. Simon Winchester generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dana Gioia, Ron Berler, Mitch Resnick, Michael Hyatt and Harvey Wasserman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Simon Winchester for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Simon Winchester Speaker Videos

  • Simon Winchester at TEDxEast - YouTube
    Simon Winchester, best-selling author, journalist, and broadcaster, has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of his career.
    Simon Winchester on The Man Who Loved China
    Journalist, broadcaster, and bestselling author, Simon Winchester, tells the remarkable story of Joseph Needha.

Simon Winchester Speaking Topics

  • From Madmen To Oceans: a Conversation With Simon Winchester

    Hearing Simon Winchester speak is like spending time with one of the most fascinating dinner guests you’ve ever hosted, one your friends would beg you to invite back again and again. The author of such bestselling books as The Man Who Loved China, Krakatoa, The Professor and the Madman and his latest, Atlantic, Winchester’s presentations are a fascinating blend of people, history, personal stories, language, travel, science and amazing information about the planet we live on. Winchester offers a vast range of speech topics, tailored for your audience, all told with his lively English humor and skills as a superb storyteller who can make any subject come to life. To hear him speak is to understand the world in a whole new way, one that is suddenly more relevant and more connected. “There is, deep down, an eagerness for real stories, real narratives, about rich and interesting things,” he says. Winchester delivers this in abundance, to the delight of audiences worldwide.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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