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Bill Bryson


Bill Bryson (William McGuire Bryson) an American–British author of books on travel, the English language, science, and other non-fiction topics. He has been a resident of Britain for most of his adult life, returning to the U.S. between 1995 – 2003, and holds dual American and British citizenship.

Bryson worked as the chancellor of Durham University from 2005 – 2011. He came to the spotlight in the United Kingdom with the publication of Notes from a Small Island (1995), an exploration of Britain, and its accompanying TV series. He earned a widespread acknowledgment again with the publication of A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), a book widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science.

Bill Bryson Age

Bryson was born on December 8, 1951, in Des Moines, Iowa, the United States of America.

Bill Bryson Height and Weight

Bryson stands tall at an average height and has an average body weight.

Bill Bryson Education

Bryson attended Drake University for two years before dropping out in 1972, deciding instead to backpack around Europe for four months. Bryson returned to Europe the following year with a high school friend, Matt Angerer. He wrote about some of his experiences from the trip in his book Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe.

Bill Bryson Family

Bryson was born to Bill Bryson Sr. (father), a sports journalist who worked for over five decades at the Des Moines Register, and Agnes Mary (mother), the home furnishings editor at the same newspaper. Bryson’s mother Agnes was of Irish origin. He also had an older brother, Michael who was born in 1942 but kicked the bucket in 2012, and a sister, Mary Jane Elizabeth.

Bill Bryson Wife

Bryson first met his wife who was a nurse named Cynthia Billen, whom they got married in 1975. They relocated to Bryson’s hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, in 1975 so that Bryson could complete his college degree at Drake University. In 1977 they settled in Britain. He resides in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and his four children.

Bill Bryson Daughter

Bryson and his daughter Felicity: super supporters of Team Margot. Margot passed away six years ago today. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by those who love her.

Bill Bryson Net Worth

Bryson has an estimated net worth of $10 Million

Bill Bryson Books

  • The Body: A Guide for Occupants 2019
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything 2003
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail 1997
  • Down Under 2000
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life 2010
  • Notes from a Small Island 1995
  • The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way 1990
  • The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island 2015
  • One Summer: America, 1927 2013
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid 2006
  • Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe 1991
  • The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America 1989
  • Shakespeare: The World as Stage 2007
  • Notes from a Big Country 1998
  • Made in America 1994 Bill Bryson’s African Diary 2002
  • Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words 1984
  • Walkabout 1998
  • Icons of England 2008
  • Motel blues 1993
  • Journeys in English 2004
  • The Palace Under the Alps: And Over 200
  • Other Unusual, Unspoiled, and Infrequently Visited Spots in 16 European Countries 1985
  • African Diary: A Short Trip for a Worthy Cause 2016
  • Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors 2008
  • The English Landscape 2000
  • Bizarre World 1995 The Babe Didn’t Point: And Other Stories About Iowans and Sports The Blook of Bunders 1982
  • The Best American Travel Writing 2016
  • Made in America Display Piece 1994
  • Bill Bryson The Complete Notes 2000

Bill Bryson A Walk In The Woods

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail is a 1998 autobiographical book by travel writer Bill Bryson, describing his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend “Stephen Katz”.

The book is written in a humorous style, interspersed with more serious discussions of matters relating to the trial’s history, and the surrounding sociology, ecology, trees, plants, animals, and people.

Bill Bryson Short History Of Nearly Everything

One of the world’s most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods and The Body takes his ultimate journey into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand and, if possible, answer the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves.

Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, traveling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps.

He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

Bill Bryson Home

Bill Bryson special guest on this week’s Home Delivery
American-born writer Bill Bryson came to prominence with his recollections of living in the UK Notes from a Small Island. His books include Downunder, about traveling through Australia, and A Short History of Nearly Everything.

We begin this episode at the Holloway Sanitorium, a former psychiatric hospital, where he worked while backpacking through Europe. It is where he met his future wife, then a trainee nurse, and decided to make the UK his home.

From there Julia and Bill catch a classic London Cab to the old News International newspaper offices where Bill became embroiled in the nation-changing Wapping Printers Strike.

Julia and Bill wander through the London Library and discuss the inspiration for his writing before visiting the Royal Society, the oldest national scientific institution in the world, where Bill is an honorary fellow.

Bill Bryson At Home

At Home: A Short History of Private Life is a history of domestic life written by Bill Bryson. It was published in May 2010. The book covers topics of the commerce, architecture, technology, and geography that have shaped homes into what they are today told through a series of “tours” though Bryson’s Norfolk rectory that quickly digress into the history of each particular room.

Bill Bryson Australia: Down Under

Down Under is the British title of a 2000 travelogue book about Australia written by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. In the United States and Canada, it was published titled In a Sunburned Country, a title taken from the famous Australian poem, “My Country”. It was also published as part of Walk About, which included Down Under and another of Bryson’s books, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, in one volume.

Bill Bryson describes his travels by railway and car throughout Australia, his conversations with people in all walks of life about the history, geography, unusual plants and animals of the country, and his wry impressions of the life, culture, and amenities (or lack thereof) in each locality.

In a style similar to his book A Walk in the Woods, or William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue Highways, Bryson’s research enabled him to include many stories about Australia’s 19th-century explorers and settlers who suffered extreme deprivations, as well as details about its natural resources, culture, and economy. His writings are intertwined with recurring humorous themes.

Bill Bryson Shakespeare

Shakespeare: The World as Stage is a biography of William Shakespeare by author Bill Bryson. The 199-page book is part of Harper Collins’ series of biographies, “Eminent Lives”.

The focus of the book is to state what little is known conclusively about Shakespeare, and how this information is known, with some discussion of disproved theories, myths, and that which is believed by the public but not provable. It also explores the political, social, cultural, and economic background of Shakespeare’s work.

Bill Bryson Made In America: A Short History

Made In America is a nonfiction book by Bill Bryson describing the history of the English language in the United States and the evolution of American culture.