Icons of England [NOOK Book]

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There are particular places in England that come as close to perfection as you're ever likely to find on this planet.


Bill Bryson



Bill Bryson invited over ninety of our best-loved writers, broadcasters and commentators to pick their 'icons of England'. The resulting celebration of the English countryside is an idiosyncratic and personal collection that ranges across ...

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Overview

There are particular places in England that come as close to perfection as you're ever likely to find on this planet.


Bill Bryson



Bill Bryson invited over ninety of our best-loved writers, broadcasters and commentators to pick their 'icons of England'. The resulting celebration of the English countryside is an idiosyncratic and personal collection that ranges across landscape, history, cherished memories and that most English of subjects, the weather.



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Antony Beevor Alan Titchmarsh Sebastian Faulks Michael Palin Andrew Marr Rick Stein Jo Brand Sister Wendy Beckett Jonathan Dimbleby Wendy Cope Joan Bakewell Dick Francis Robert Macfarlane Melvyn Bragg Eric Clapton John Sergeant Kevin Spacey Kate Adie Simon Jenkins Simon Barnes Zac Goldsmith Ronald Blythe Libby Purves

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409095668
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 4/7/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 88,005
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Bill Bryson
Formed in 1926, CPRE (the Campaign to Protect Rural England) is one of the longest-established campaigning environmental groups in England. Bill Bryson was President of the CPRE from 2007-2012.

Biography

A backpacking expedition in 1973 brought Des Moines native Bill Bryson to England, where he met his wife and decided to settle. He wrote travel articles for the English newspapers The Times and The Independent for many years before stumbling into bestsellerdom with 1989's The Lost Continent, a sidesplitting account of his rollicking road trip across small-town America. In 1995, he moved his family back to the States so his children could experience "being American." However, his deep-rooted Anglophilia won out and, in 2003, the Brysons returned to England.

One of those people who finds nearly everything interesting, Bryson has managed to turn his twin loves -- travel and language -- into a successful literary career. In a string of hilarious bestsellers, he has chronicled his misadventures across England, Europe, Australia, and the U.S., delighting readers with his wry observations and descriptions. Similarly, his books on the history of the English language, infused with the perfect combination of wit and erudition, have sold well. He has received several accolades and honors, including the coveted Aventis Prize for best general science book awarded for his blockbuster A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Beloved on both sides of the pond, Bryson makes few claims to write great literature. But he is a writer it is nearly impossible to dislike. We defy anyone to not smile at pithy, epigrammatic opening lines like these: "I come from Des Moines. Someone had to."

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    1. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Des Moines, Iowa
    1. Education:
      B.A., Drake University, 1977

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