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Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa on December 8, 1951. In 1973, he went backpacking in England, where he eventually decided to settle. He wrote for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent, as well as supplementing his income by writing travel articles. He moved back to the United States in 1995. His first travel book, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, was published in 1989. His other books include I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, 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, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Walk About, and Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, the Genius of the Royal Society. A Walk in the Woods was adapted into a movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Bryson's titles, The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain, Notes from a Small Island and Neither Here Nor There made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography)
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A Short History of Nearly Everything 21,057 copies, 373 reviews
Notes from a Small Island 9,123 copies, 200 reviews
In a Sunburned Country 8,445 copies, 222 reviews
The Mother Tongue 7,107 copies, 142 reviews
Notes from a Big Country: A Selection 6,820 copies, 107 reviews
At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Author; Narrator, some editions) 5,720 copies, 249 reviews
Shakespeare: The World as a Stage (Author) 4,299 copies, 165 reviews
One Summer: America, 1927 2,502 copies, 140 reviews
The Body: A Guide for Occupants 1,882 copies, 69 reviews
Bill Bryson's African Diary 1,197 copies, 36 reviews
Icons of England 294 copies, 6 reviews
Bizarre World 56 copies, 2 reviews
Journeys in English 56 copies, 7 reviews
The Ascent of Rum Doodle (Introduction, some editions) 501 copies, 21 reviews
Most of the Most of S. J. Perelman (Introduction, some editions) 485 copies, 5 reviews
Granta 26: Travel (Contributor) 142 copies, 1 review
Granta 31: The General (Contributor) 133 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 23: Home (Contributor) 124 copies
The Road Less Travelled: 1,000 Amazing Places Off the Tourist Trail (Foreword, some editions) 83 copies, 1 review
A Walk in the Woods [2015 film] (Original book by) 49 copies, 2 reviews
Coffee with Isaac Newton (Foreword, some editions) 34 copies, 1 review
Licensed to Sell: The History and Heritage of the Public House (Foreword, some editions) 17 copies, 2 reviews

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Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. A backpacking expedition in 1973 brought him to England where he met his wife and decided to settle. He wrote for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent for many years, writing travel articles to supplement his income. He lived with his family in North Yorkshire before moving back to the States in 1995, to Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and four children. In 2003 he and his family moved back to England, where they currently reside.

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