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Review by Robin Hull

In this fascinating biography of the Atlantic Ocean, Simon Winchester models his millions of years of history on the Melancholy Jaques ‘seven ages of man’ from As You Like it.

As a child with a liking for jigsaws it seemed obvious to me that the ‘Africa piece’ fitted into the gap in the Americas so that Wegener’s theory of continental drift, though it surprised science, was immediately accepted by many children. Winchester starts his saga with the expanding mid-Atlantic ridge which, some 40 million years ago, gave birth to the Atlantic. He describes how man, eons later from his safe Mediterranean sanctuary, summoned up courage to pass through the Pillars of Hercules and take his first tentative steps onto the enormous, uncharted ocean. (more…)

September 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester was born in London in 1944. He went to school in Dorset and read geology at Oxford. After a few years as a geologist, he switched to journalism and writing. After working on various British newspapers, he moved to New York and concentrated on books. He is the author of The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China and Atlantic: A Biography of the Ocean.

September 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

John Masters

John Masters was born in Calcutta in 1914 and was educated at Wellington and Sandhurst. He returned to India in 1934 as an army officer. During the Second World War he served in the Middle East and Burma. After the war he was a staff officer in GHQ India in Delhi, and then served as an instructor at the British Army Staff College in Camberley. After this he left the army and moved to the United States, where he became a successful writer. He lived in New Mexico, where he died in 1983.

His many novels include Nightrunners of Bengal (1951), The Deceivers (1952), The Lotus and the Wind (1953), Bhowani Junction (1954), Coromandel! (1955), Bugles and a Tiger (1956), Far, Far the Mountain Peak (1957), To the Coral Strand (1962) and The Ravi Lancers (1972).

July 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

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