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Des Moines, Iowa born writer Bryson's first success was the travel book "The Lost Continent". After living in England for several years, he wanted to go back to the USA to find the perfect little US town of his past, he lovingly called Amalgam. More travel books followed, in the form of "Neither Here Nor There" (where he travels through Europe), "Notes From A Small Island" (where he travels around the United Kingdom, before returning back with his to the USA to live there for good) and "A Walk In The Woods" (where he walks the Appalachian trail). After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for "The Mail on Sunday Night and Day" magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to sueing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources and holiday seasons.
About the Author
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family now live in America. He is the bestselling author of The Lost Continent, Mother Tongue, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Big Country and Down Under.
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I first became aware of Bill Bryson when I came across his column in 'The Mail on Sunday'. From the first column I became addicted and eagerly awaited every Sunday to get a new installment. I have now read most of Bill's books and have enjoyed them all. However, it's this book, with its five-minute essays that I keep page turning. Maybe it's my Britishness that makes me want to laugh so much at the Americans or the just the ability that Bill Bryson has of picking up on the completely illogical aspects of society and life in general. I recommend this to anyone who wants an introduction to Bill Bryson. This book will give a taster for what he elaborates on his more indepth travel / language books. This is essential bit reading, you can pick up, open at random, and just laugh. Note to the publisher, a definitive, all Mail on Sunday column edition wouldn't be such a bad idea.
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