Know Your History – 8th December – Bill Bryson born

know your history - writingOn this day… 8th December 1951 – Bill Bryson born.

William McGuire “Bill” Bryson, OBE, FRS (born December 8, 1951) is a best-selling Anglo-American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and science. Born in the United States, he was a resident of Britain for most of his adult life before returning to America in 1995. In 2003 Bryson and his wife and four children moved back to Britain, living in the old rectory of Wramplingham, Norfolk. He served as the chancellor of Durham University from 2005 to 2011.

Bryson came to prominence in the United Kingdom with the publication of Notes from a Small Island (1995), an exploration of Britain, and its accompanying television series. He received widespread recognition again with the publication of A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), a book widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science.Bill Bryson - travel

On Writing

Advice, in the wise words of one of the most well-read travel writers, Bill Bryson: “A basic error with travel writing is assuming everybody’s interested. You have to work from the opposite assumption: nobody is interested. Even your wife is not interested.”

Did You Know?..

Bryson is a staunch supporter of organ donors

Bryson even launched a campaign to get students at Durham University to sign up for organ donation.

One thought on “Know Your History – 8th December – Bill Bryson born

  1. Bryson is such an inspiration to my writing. I love his humour. He absolutely nailed explaining cricket to the uninitiated in his book on Australia Notes from Down Under and his opening to Small island when he is thrown out of a Dover lodgings one of the funniest passages I’ve read. Sigh, to be like Bill…

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