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A Short History of Nearly Everything [used book]

By: Bill Bryson

Price: $9.00

Publisher: UK, Black Swan: 2004

Seller ID: 0552997048

ISBN: 0552997048

Condition: Good


Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thou... View more info

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Down Under [used book]

By: Bill Bryson

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Black Swan: 2001

Seller ID: 055299703X

ISBN: 055299703X

Condition: Good


It was as if I had privately discovered life on another planet, or a parallel universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely different. I can't tell you how exciting it was. Insofar as I had accumulated my expectations of Australia at all in the intervening years, I had thought of it as a kind of alternative southern California, a place of constant sunshine and the cheerful vapidity of a beach lifestyle, but with a slightly British bent - a sort of Baywatch with cricket...' Of course, what greeted Bill Bryson was something rather different. Australia is a country that exists... View more info

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Walkabout [used book]

By: Bill Bryson

Price: $8.00

Publisher: UK, Doubleday: 2011

Seller ID: 0385604831

ISBN: 0385604831

Condition: Good


Combined in one block-buster of an omnibus now are Bryson's Down Under, an account of his memorable walk across Australia, and the irresistibly funny A Walk in the Woods, that tells of his lengthy stroll in the Appalachian mountains of America, with his old friend Stephen Katz. Bill Bryson traversed the length and breadth of Australia to bring us Down Under. A household name, synonymous with laugh-out-loud humour, sniggering, and outbursts of chortling, Down Under is what's commonly known as the perennial classic. In the very same volume is a story of his walk down the longest continuous footp... View more info

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Mother Tongue [Popular Penguins]

By: Bill Bryson

Price: $12.95

Publisher: UK, Penguin: 2008

Edition: Popular Penguins

Seller ID: 9780141037462

ISBN: 0141037466

Condition: New


Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue is a hymn to the English language. In examining how a second-rate, mongrel tongue came to be the undisputed language of the globe. Bryson explores English from America to Australia and looks at, among other things, swearing, spelling, spoonerisms and Scrabble. No self-respecting English speaker should open his mouth without reading it. About the Author: Bill Bryson's bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. Another travel book, A Walk in the Woods, h... View more info

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Mother Tongue : The Story of the English Language

By: Bill Bryson

Price: $22.95

Publisher: UK, Penguin: 2010

Seller ID: 9780141040080

ISBN: 0141040084

Condition: New


'More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest, it sometimes seems, try to...' Only Bill Bryson could make a book about the English language so entertaining. With his boundless enthusiasm and restless eye for the absurd, this is his astonishing tour of English. From its mongrel origins to its status as the world's most-spoken tongue; its apparent simplicity to its deceptive complexity; its vibrant swearing to its uncertain spelling and pronunciation, Bryson covers all this as well as the many curious eccentricities that make it as maddening to learn as it is flexibl... View more info

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Troublesome Words : A Guide to the English Language

By: Bill Bryson

Price: $24.95

Publisher: UK, Penguin: 2010

Seller ID: 9780141040394

ISBN: 0141040394


What is the difference between mean and median, blatant and flagrant, flout and flaunt? Is it whodunnit or whodunit? Do you know? Are you sure? With Troublesome Words, journalist and bestselling travel-writer Bill Bryson gives us a clear, concise and entertaining guide to the problems of English usage and spelling that has been an indispensable companion to those who work with the written word for over twenty years. So if you want to discover whether you should care about split infinitives, are cursed with an uncontrollable outbreak of commas or were wondering if that newsreader was righ... View more info

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Seeing Further : The Story of Science and the Royal Society

By: Edited by Bill Bryson

Price: $19.95

Publisher: UK, William Collins: 2019

Seller ID: 9780008301620

ISBN: 000830162X

Condition: New


Edited and introduced by Bill Bryson, with contributions from Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Richard Holmes, Martin Rees, Richard Fortey, Steve Jones, James Gleick and Neal Stephenson amongst others, this beautiful, lavishly illustrated book tells the story of science and the Royal Society, from 1660 to the present. Since its inception in 1660, the Royal Society has pioneered scientific discovery and exploration. The oldest scientific academy in existence, its backbone is its Fellowship of the most eminent scientists in history including Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Albert Einste... View more info