Simon Winchester's Calcutta

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Lonely Planet, 2004 - Travel - 302 pages
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Simon Winchester explores his love-hate relationship with Calcutta, a city that provkes intense reactions in all who visit. Collaborating with his son Rupert, Simon muses on his time spent in Calcutta, reflecting on his experiences, preconceptions and own individual fascination with the city. The Winchester's personal essays are presented with a selection of wide-ranging extracts penned by other visitors to this surprising city. The result is a personal view of one of the world's most resonant destinations that also acts as an essential introduction to the wealth of writing on the subject.

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Great fun. Recently read while travelling in Calcutta and Orissa and it thoroughly enhanced the trip. Excellent short history of the city and well-chosen excerpts from other authors from 1700s to ... Read full review

Lonely Planet Simon Winchester's Calcutta (Travel Literature Series)

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Simon Winchester (The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary ) and son Rupert combine literary forces in Lonely Planet's inaugural title in its new "Writer and Place" travel ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Simon Winchester was born in London, England on September 28, 1944. He read geology at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. After graduation in 1966, he joined a Canadian mining company and worked as field geologist in Uganda. The following year he decided to become a journalist. His first reporting job was for The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1969, he joined The Guardian and was named Britain's Journalist of the Year in 1971. He also worked for the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times before becoming a freelancer. He is the author of numerous books including In Holy Terror, The River at the Center of the World, The Alice Behind Wonderland, and The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to journalism and literature.

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