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Acclaimed British author Simon Winchester will be in Darwin this month. Photo by Setsuko Winchester Acclaimed British author Simon Winchester will be in Darwin this month. Photo by Setsuko Winchester

An acclaimed British author will visit Charles Darwin University to deliver a public lecture this month.

Simon Winchester OBE will deliver a lecture entitled: “The Pleasures of a Tangled Life” on Wednesday November 26 as part of his Australian tour as a guest of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Mr Winchester established his writing career as a foreign correspondent for the Guardian newspaper and the BBC, before becoming an independent writer/researcher of best-selling books in multiple fields of academic and international interest.

He has written and contributed to a number of travel books, but it is his skill in writing narrative non-fiction that has led to his being highly acclaimed in fields as diverse as lexicography/dictionary-making (The Surgeon of Crowthorne, 2000); vulcanology (Krakatoa, 2004): geology (The Map that Changed the World, 2009); craniology (Skulls, 2012); and cognition (The Man with the Electrified Brain, 2013).

He is an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

The lecture will be held on November 26 from 5:30pm at Mal Nairn Auditorium, Building Red 7, CDU Casuarina campus.

This is a free event, but bookings are essential. To register E: lebaadmin@cdu.edu.au