Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he canâ€™t contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization â€“ how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, revealing the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
'Mr Bryson has a natural gift for clear and vivid expression. I doubt that a better book for the layman about the findings of modern science has been written.'
'It is one of the book's great achievements that Bryson is able to weave a satisfying universal narrative without sparing the reader one whit of scientific ignorance or doubt ... It represents a wonderful education, and all schools would be better places if it were the core science reader on the curriculum.'
The Times Literary Supplement
'A genuinely useful and readable book. There is a phenomenal amount of fascinating information packed between its covers .. A thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Nobody who reads it will ever look at the world around them in the same way again.'
Publication date: 01/11/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 01/06/2004
Publisher: Black Swan
|Publication date:||1st November 2005|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||The Real World,|
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 ...More About Bill Bryson