I have seen Mr. Winchester several times on C-SPAN BookTV, though I never wrote down his name or his titles. He is on again now (watch any time here) talking about his new book, The Man Who Loved China. I love listening to him speak, and his books sound fascinating, but I have yet to read any. It is high time I get one from the library and see if he writes as well as he speaks--and I imagine he does.
Here is a list of Simon Winchester's books. Most of them look like great living science, and history, for high school.