Bill Bryson's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything (which won the Aventis Prize in Britain and the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award). He was chancellor of Durham University, England's third oldest university, from 2005 to 2011, and is an honorary fellow of Britain's Royal Society.
"Bryson is one of the funniest travel writers in the business." -- The Globe and Mail
"Bryson has become an enormously popular travel writer by coming off as the most literate tour guide you've ever had." -- The New York Times "Bryson is a terrific stylist. You can't help but enjoy his writing, for its cheer and buoyancy, and for the frequent demonstration of his peculiar, engaging turn of mind." -- Ottawa Citizen "Bryson is first and foremost a storyteller -- and a supremely comic and original one at that." -- Winnipeg Free Press