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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

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I do like the way this man writes, be he presenting the idiosyncrasies of the English, the trials and tribulations of an extraordinary walk or his brilliant exploration of science, he knows how to draw you in. Now he is writing about his childhood in 1950’s America. Basically it matters not that it’s American, it’s a childhood remembered, beautifully, and whatever your age I am sure you will empathise.

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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, ‘I come from Des Moines.Somebody had to.’ In this deeply funny new book, he travels back in time to explore the ordinary kid he once was, in the curious world of 1950s America.It was a happy time, when almost everything was good for you, including DDT, cigarettes and nuclear fallout.This is a book about one boy’s growing up.But in Bryson’s hands, it becomes everyone’s story, one that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young.

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‘Is this the most cheerful book I’ve ever read?...hilarious…a lovely, happy book’ Evening Standard

‘Tender, hilarious and true’ The Times

'Outlandishly and improbably entertaining’ New York Times

'Wittily incisive…like Alan Bennett, Bryson can play the teddy-bear and then delivera sudden, grizzly-style swipe…might tell us as much about the oddities of the American way as a dozen think-tanks’ Independent

About the Author

Bill Bryson

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).

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Publication date

4th June 2007

Author

Bill Bryson

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Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

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Paperback

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Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9780552772549

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