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  • Published: 1 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9781784161446
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99
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A Walk In The Woods

The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike




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.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2015
  • ISBN: 9781784161446
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the Author

Bill Bryson

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.

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Praise for A Walk In The Woods

“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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