Bill Bryson

Author of A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail and 30+ Books

Bill Bryson

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Born in 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa, William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, FRS settled in England in 1977 and worked as a journalist until he became a full-time writer. He spent many years living in North Yorkshire with his English wife and four children. He and his family moved to New Hampshire in America for a couple of years, but they have now returned to live in the UK. Bill Brysons, the hilarious first travel book in The Lost Continent, chronicle... d a trip around the small town of America in his mothers Chevy. It was followed by an account of his first trip around Europe, Neither Here Nor There. Other travel books include the massive bestseller Notes From a Small Island, who won the 2003 World Book Day National Poll to find the book that best represented modern England, followed by A Walk in the Woods (in which Stephen Katz, his travel companion from Neither Here Nor There, made a welcome reappearance), Notes From a Big Country and Down Under. He turned his attention to science in his final book. With critical acclaim, A Short History of Nearly Everything was lauded and became a huge bestseller. Before winning the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize, it was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. His next book, The Thunderbolt Kid's Life and Times, is a memoir of America's growth in the 1950s, featuring another appearance by his old friend Stephen Katz. October 8 sees the release of Nearly Everything's Really Short History.READ MORE

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Before, prior to. There is no difference between these two except length and a certain affectedness on the part of 'prior to.' To paraphrase Bernstein, if you would use 'posterior to' instead of 'after,' then by all means use 'prior to' instead of 'before.

I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.

18th century scientists, the French in particular, seldom did things simply if an absurdly demanding alternative was available.

We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls.

As my father always used to tell me, 'You see, son, there's always someone in the world worse off than you.' And I always used to think, 'So?

Even Scientific American entered the fray with an article proposing that the person portrayed in the famous Martin Droeshout engraving might actually be--I weep to say it--Elizabeth I.

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