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  • Published: 1 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141037714
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 228
  • RRP: $13.99
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Simon Winchester's The Surgeon of Crowthorne was an international bestseller and tells an extraordinary true story of murder, madness and an extraordinary friendship in the nineteenth century. It is the tale of James Murray, the compiler of the first Oxford English Dictionary, and his most valued helper: Dr Minor of Crowthorne, who was also a homicidal lunatic, confined to Broadmoor asylum for murder. This is an enthralling and beautifully written work of literary detection.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141037714
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 228
  • RRP: $13.99

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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