Best-selling American-born British author
Entertains with his travelogues and insights into the intricacies of language
Winner of the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award
Bill Bryson Speaker Profile:
Bill Bryson is a popular speaker and best-selling author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on scientific subjects.
“The Lost Continent“, Bill’s hilarious first travel book, chronicles a trip in his mothers Chevy around small town America. Other travel books he authored include notable best-sellers “A Walk in the Woods” (Black Swan, 1998) and “Notes from a Small Island” (Black Swan, 1996), which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain.
Bill’s acclaimed book on the history of science, “A Short History of Nearly Everything” (Black Swan, 2004), won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award.
His last critically lauded best-seller was “At Home: a Short History of Private Life” (Black Swan, 2011); it is a history of domestic life that covers the fields of commerce, architecture, technology, and geography and how they have shaped homes into what they are today. His most recent critically lauded book, “One Summer: America 1927” (Black Swan, 2014) chronicles a forgotten summer when America came of age and changed the world for ever.
Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, a backpacking expedition in 1973 brought him to England where he met his wife and decided to settle. He wrote for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent for many years, writing travel articles to supplement his income.
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