Let our favourite writer of narrative non-fiction take you back to a summer when America came of age and changed the world for ever.
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. His bestselling books include The Road to Little Dribbling, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, One Summer and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. In a national poll, Notes from a Small Island was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of its decade in the UK. His new book The Body- A Guide for Occupants is an extraordinary exploration of the human body which will have you marvelling at the form you occupy. Bill Bryson was Chancellor of Durham University 2005-2011. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society. He lives in England.
Bill Bryson is a true master of popular narrative. Over the course
of his career, he has bestowed a beautiful clarity on even the most
recondite of subjects...Has history ever been so enjoyable? --
Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday *
A fascinating snapshot of a season during which America, for better or worse, ushered in the modern world. * Sunday Times *
A gifted raconteur...The book is filled with eccentric, flamboyant characters and memorable stories...highly amusing. * Guardian *
A great new form of literature: biography of a few months in one country. -- Matt Ridley * The Times (Books of the Year) *
Few writers of nonfiction, and,let's be honest,few enough writers of novels, can crack the narrative whip like Bryson. One Summer fairly whirls along...full of exhilarating, fact-filled fun...surely the most sublime distraction published this year. * Observer *