ForewordPrologue 1: Taking the Measure of It All 2: The Construction of the Pigeon-Holes 3: The General Officer Commanding 4: Battling the Undertow 5: Pushing through the Untrodden Forest 6: So Heavily Goes the Chariot 7: The Hermit and the Murderer - and Hereward Thimbleby Price 8: From Take to Turndown - and then, Triumphal ValedictionEpilogue: And Always Beginning AgainBibliography and Further ReadingIndex
Simon Winchester, OBE, is a British writer, journalist, and broadcaster. As a journalist he covered major events, including Bloody Sunday and the Watergate Scandal. He is the author of Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories (2010), The Professor and the Madman (1999), The Map that Changed the World (2001), and A Crack in the Edge of the World (2005), all of which have been New York Times bestsellers.
"teeming with knowledge and alive with insights. Winchester handles humor and awe with modesty and cunning. His prose is supremely readable." - New York Times Book Review"exuberant, serious, funny, short, full, entrancingly readable" - Jane Gardam, Spectator"compelling reading. Winchester is excellent on the theory and practice of lexicography" - Sunday Times"Irresistible" - The Independent"Simon Winchester's book is a fascinating catalogue of political wrangles, logistical conundrums and personal battles that underlay the work's creation. This book is a delightful curiosity" - Zoe Green, Daily Telegraph"Simon Winchester has told this story with a touch of human drama and with a true sense of the social history that surrounded the enterprise." - Stephen Wade, Contemporary Review"A lively and largely informative chronicle of a still-staggering enterprise" - Helen Zaltzman, Observer