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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.
A directory of wonders. Extraordinary stories about the heart,
lungs, genitals ... plus some anger and life advice - all delivered
in the inimitable Bryson style -- Gavin Francis * Guardian *
Remarkable ... Every page is dense with scientific facts written as vividly as a thriller, as well as answers to conundrums such as why we don't fall out of bed when we are asleep ... It is woven through with the kind of human stories that Bryson has made his trademark. * Mail on Sunday *
Readable and useful ... witty, jargon-free prose that glides you through 400 pages. It's fun to read because it's not just comprehensive, but quirky. -- Richard Morrison * The Times *
SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019: 'so packed with arresting facts (you eat 60 tons of food in a lifetime) and unlikely anecdotes (such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel's six weeks with a half-sovereign lodged in his throat) that you barely notice the sheer volume of anatomical knowledge you're digesting ... makes complex subjects simple and eminently entertaining.' * Sunday Times *
'It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book..where Byrson really shines is in his imaginative glosses on the facts he has collected.' * The Daily Telegraph *