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Bill Bryson - Author

About the Author

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. He is the bestselling author of The Lost Continent, Mother Tongue, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Big Country, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything. He is also the author of the bestselling African Diary (a charity book for CARE International).

Featured books by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island

The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn't altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain's occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas.

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The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island

The Road to Little Dribbling More Notes from a Small Island

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed.

Notes from A Small Island

Notes from A Small Island

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite; a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy; place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey and Shellow Bowells; people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and 'Ooh lovely' at the sight of a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits; and Gardeners' Question Time. Notes from a Small Island was a huge number-one bestseller when it was first published, and has become the nation's most loved book about Britain, going on to sell over two million copies.

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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.

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One Summer America 1927

One Summer America 1927

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/05/2014

In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of an over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. With the trademark brio, wit and authority that has made him Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, he brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world for ever.

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One Summer America 1927

One Summer America 1927

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction Bill Bryson travels back in time to a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and, in five eventful months, changed the world for ever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest of the time), a semi-crazed sculptor with a mad plan to carve four giant heads into an inaccessible mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown and finished it as the most famous man on earth. (So famous that Minnesota considered renaming itself after him.) It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan by a madman, the ill-conceived decision that led to the Great Depression, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of a wheezing, over-the-hill baseball player named Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a story of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy, with a cast of unforgettable and eccentric characters, with trademark brio, wit and authority.

Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1996

A 2012 World Book Night selection. After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a few years, to let his kids experience life in another country, to give his wife the chance to shop until 10 p.m. seven nights a week, and, most of all, because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, and it was thus clear to him that his people needed him. But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy, place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey and Shellow Bowells, people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and Gardeners' Question Time.

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Other books by Bill Bryson

Seeing Further The Story of Science and the Royal Society

Seeing Further The Story of Science and the Royal Society

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Edited and introduced by Bill Bryson, with contributions from Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Richard Holmes, Martin Rees, Richard Fortey, Steve Jones, James Gleick and Neal Stephenson amongst others, this beautiful, lavishly illustrated book tells the story of science and the Royal Society, from 1660 to the present. Since its inception in 1660, the Royal Society has pioneered scientific discovery and exploration. The oldest scientific academy in existence, its backbone is its Fellowship of the most eminent scientists in history including Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Today, its Fellows are the most influential men and women in science, many of whom have contributed to this ground-breaking volume alongside some of the world's most celebrated novelists, essayists and historians. This book celebrates the Royal Society's vast achievements in its illustrious past as well as its huge contribution to the development of modern science. With unrestricted access to the Society's archives and photographs, Seeing Further shows that the history of scientific endeavour and discovery is a continuous thread running through the history of the world and of society - and is one that continues to shape the world we live in today.

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Author: Bill Bryson Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2017

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/03/2017

Made in America

Made in America

Author: Bill Bryson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2017

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Author: Bill Bryson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2017

At Home A Short History of Private Life

At Home A Short History of Private Life

Author: Bill Bryson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/01/2017

Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island

Author: Bill Bryson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/12/2016

Notes From a Big Country

Notes From a Big Country

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/11/2016

Notes From a Big Country

Notes From a Big Country

Author: Bill Bryson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/11/2016

A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/10/2016

Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here Nor There

Author: Bill Bryson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/10/2016

Made In America An Informal History of American English

Made In America An Informal History of American English

Author: Bill Bryson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

`Funny, wise, learned and compulsive' - GQ Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Notes from a Big Country, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. In Made in America, Bryson tells the story of how American arose out of the English language, and along the way, de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say `lootenant' and `Toosday', how they were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up - as well as exposing the true origins of the words G-string, blockbuster, poker and snafu. `A tremendously sassy work, full of zip, pizzazz and all those other great American qualities' Will Self, Independent on Sunday

The Lost Continent Travels In Small Town America

The Lost Continent Travels In Small Town America

Author: Bill Bryson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/08/2016

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