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Bill Bryson

Best-Selling Author


Society & Culture


Culture / Creativity



In his best-selling books, author Bill Bryson tackles any subject from travel and the English language to the history of the home. With a wacky worldview and wanderlust that garners him comparisons to Chaucer and Dave Barry, he entertains readers around the world with his travelogues and insights into the intricacies of language.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson ventured out to England on a backpacking expedition in 1973, met his wife, and decided to settle. He worked as a journalist, first for the “Bournemouth Evening Echo“ and eventually became chief copy editor of the business section of “The Times“ and then deputy national news editor of the business section of “The Independent“. He left journalism in 1987 and started writing independently. He and his family lived in North Yorkshire before moving back to the US in 1995. In 2003, they moved back to England, where they currently reside. Bill Bryson served as the chancellor of Durham University from 2005 to 2011, succeeding the late Sir Peter Ustinov. Bryson has also been awarded honorary degrees by numerous universities and he has received numerous awards for his ability to communicate science with passion and enthusiasm. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to literature. After he received British Citizenship his OBE was made substantive.

His first hilarious travel book was “The Lost Continent” in which he chronicles a trip in his mother's Chevy around small-town America. Since then, he has written the bestsellers “A Walk in the Woods”, “I'm a Stranger Here Myself” and “In a Sunburned Country”.

His other books include Bill Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, Bill Bryson's African Diary, A Short History of Nearly Everything, and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. His latest is At Home: A Short History of Private Life, in which he takes readers on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping-off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted.


  • The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain, 2016
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life, 2011
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, 2006
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, 2004