A very funny, personal and witty travel writer, Bill Bryson was born on 8 December, 1951 in Iowa but moved to the United Kingdom at an early age. He stayed in Britain for most of his life, writing a hilarious and informative book about the nation’s quirks in 1995’s Notes From a Small Island before heading back to the United States the same year. He returned to Britain in 2003.
Born William McGuire ‘Bill’ Bryson, Notes From a Small Island brought him to the public’s attention and was accompanied by a hit TV series while his book that aimed to make science accessible - 2003’s A Short History of Nearly Everything - won the Aventis Prize. His 1998 book, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, was adapted into a hit film starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in 2015.