The incomparable Bill Bryson travels through time and space to introduce us to the world, the universe and everything in this groundbreaking book, the best selling popular science book of the 21st century.
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.
Mr Bryson has a natural gift for clear and vivid expression. I
doubt that a better book for the layman about the findings of
modern science has been written * Sunday Telegraph *
A fascinating idea, and I can't think of many writers, other than Bryson, who would do it this well. It's the sort of book I would have devoured as a teenager. It might well turn unsuspecting young readers into scientists. And the famous, slightly cynical humour is always there * Evening Standard *
A genuinely useful and readable book. There is a phenomenal amount of fascinating information packed between its covers ... A thoroughly enjoyable, as well as educational, experience. Nobody who reads it will ever look at the world around them in the same way again * Daily Express *
Of course, there are people much better qualified than Bill Bryson to attempt a project of this magnitude. None of them, however, can write fluent Brysonese, which, as pretty much the entire Western reading public now knows, is an appealing mixture of self-deprecation, wryness and punnery * Spectator *
The very book I have been looking for most of my life... Bryson wears his knowledge with aplomb and a lot of very good jokes * Daily Mail *