Simon Winder is the author of the highly praised The Man Who Saved Britain and the Sunday Times top-ten bestseller Germania. He works in publishing and lives in Wandsworth Town.
We've picked out some of our favourite paperbacks for this summer. Whether you're a history buff, an American literature fan or a love story obsessive, there's something for you.
Read this passage from Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe by Simon Winder to see the answer seventeenth century polymath Athanasius Kircher came up with.
Did you know that the composer Joseph Haydn acquired a second head after his death?
Simon Winder has collated some of his favourite facts from his book Danubia. Do you have any facts about Habsburg Europe of your own? Let us know in the comments!
Sign up to the Pan Macmillan newsletter for great extra content and free extracts.