Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain.
His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award.
He has written books on language, on Shakespeare, and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.
His last critically lauded bestseller was At Home: a Short History of Private Life and his most recent critically lauded book, One Summer: America 1927 chronicles a forgotten summer when America came of age and changed the world for ever.
He was born in the American Midwest, and lives in the UK.
Bill is pictured here in front of Herbert Hoover’s birthplace – a tiny white cottage in the hamlet of West Branch, Iowa. The former US president was born in 1874 and features prominently in One Summer.