Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern
A personal guide to the Germany that Simon Winder loves. Equally passionate about the region's history, folklore, cuisine, architecture and landscape, it describes Germany's past afresh - and in doing so sees a country much like our own: Protestant, aggressive and committed to eating some very strange food.
Praise for "Germania". Wonderful, very witty and highly entertaining, splendidly and amusingly opinionated, marvellously colourful in its descriptions of unusual places and little known people, and full of enjoyable insights into German history and culture. Ian Kershaw, author of "Hitler: A Biography". Winder is perhaps the first to have succeeded in presenting Germany as no less fun that France or Italy and the Germans as a nation of eccentrics very like our own . . . He excels in a style that he self-deprecatingly calls anecdotal facetiousness but which manages to convey copious quantities of facts in the most enjoyable way possible. "Evening Standard It's plain that Winder's mind is fizzing with interesting ideas. He can write beautifully, embodying a whole world in a phrase . . . He finds new angles on familiar subjects . . . His excitement is beguiling and infectious.
Simon Winder is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town.