Winchester brings to life the drama, people and science behind the massive volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa near Java that affected the whole world. He explains how Krakatoa is the key to understanding many geological and biological processes.
Simon Winchester was born and educated in England, has lived in Africa, India and Asia, and now divides his time between the US and Scotland. Having reported from almost everywhere during an award-winning twenty-year career as a Guardian foreign correspondent, he is currently the Asia-Pacific editor for Conde Nast Traveler and contributes to a number of American magazines, as well as to the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and the BBC. He is the author of several bestselling works of non-fiction including The Map That Changed The World and The Surgeon Of Crowthorne.