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  • Published: 1 June 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141005171
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

Krakatoa


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Simon Winchester's brilliant chronicle of the destruction of the Indonesian island of Krakatoa in 1883 charts the birth of our modern world. He tells the story of the unrecognized genius who beat Darwin to the discovery of evolution; of Samuel Morse, his code and how rubber allowed the world to talk; of Alfred Wegener, the crack-pot German explorer and father of geology. In breathtaking detail he describes how one island and its inhabitants were blasted out of existence and how colonial society was turned upside-down in a cataclysm whose echoes are still felt to this day.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141005171
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester was born and educated in England. He was a foreign correspondent for more than thirty years includng twelve years for the Guardian in Asia, reporting on the Hong Kong handover to China for the newspaper in 1997, and twenty years as the Asia editor for Condé Nast Traveler. He is the author of many highly acclaimed and bestsellng works of non-fiction. He now lives in Massachusetts.

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