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Now a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson: the funniest travel writer in the world takes a hike.

In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.

Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.

Reviews

Choke-on-your-coffee funny

Washington Post

This is a seriously funny book

Sue Townsend, The Sunday Times

Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods... Mr Bryson has met this challenge with zest and considerable humor... a funny book, full of dry humor... the reader is rarely anything but exhilarated

The New York Times

Entertaining and often illuminating

Paul Johnson, Sunday Telegraph

Irreverent, wildly funny, crowded with anecdotes and observation

Ideal Home

An almost perfect travel book

Boston Globe

Smart and funny... a satirist of the first rank, one who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio

The New York Times Book Review

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  • Paperback

    9781784161446

    December 1, 2015

    Black Swan

    336 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781409095514

    May 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    336 pages

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  • Audio CD

    9780552152150

    June 15, 2004

    Corgi Audio

    RRP $32.99

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