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In 1995, Iowa native Bill Bryson took a motoring trip around Britain to explore that green and pleasant land. The uproarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, is one of the most acute portrayals of the United Kingdom ever written. Two decades later, Bryson - now a British citizen - set out again to rediscover his adopted country. In these pages, he follows a straight line through the island - from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath - and shows us every pub, stone village, and human foible along the way. Whether he is dodging cow attacks in Torcross, getting lost in the H&M on Kensington High Street, or - more seriously - contemplating the future of the nation's natural wonders in the face of aggressive development, Bryson guides us through the old and the new with vivid detail and laugh-out-loud humor.

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Bill Bryson

William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer. He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK. In , Bill Bryson's hilarious first travel book, he chronicled a trip in his mother's Chevy around small town America. It was followed by , an account of his first trip around Europe. Other travel books include the massive bestseller , which won the 2003 World Book Day National Poll to find the book which best represented modern England, followed by (in which Stephen Katz, his travel companion from , made a welcome reappearance) , and Bill Bryson has also written several highly praised books on the English language, including and . In his last book, he turned his attention to science. was lauded with critical acclaim, and became a huge bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, before going on to win the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. His next book, , is a memoir of growing up in 1950s America, featuring another appearance from his old friend Stephen Katz. October 8 sees the publication of

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