In his latest book, Pacific, Winchester takes readers from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River, and the Panama Canal, with stops on the many small islands that lie in the middle of this vast expanse of water. Winchester watches the fall of a dictator in Manila, lives with aboriginals in northern Queensland, and does time in the jail in Tierra del Fuego. He drives the Alaska highway, spends time on the Pitcairn Islands (one of the most geographically isolated places on earth), spends six months walking from one end of South Korea to the other, and travels to their bellicose northern neighbor as well.
Pacific is the culmination of a lifetime's worth of travel, research, and awe at a place that has long captured the imagination.
Although he graduated from Oxford in 1966 with a degree in geology, Winchester only spent a year working as a geologist in the Ruwenzori Mountains in western Uganda and on oil rigs in the North Sea, before joining his first newspaper in 1967. He now works principally as an author, although he contributes to a number of American and British magazines and journals, including
National Geographic Magazine,
The New York Times, and
The Atlantic Monthly. He lives with his wife in New York City and has a small farm in the Berkshires in Massachusetts.