Welcome to Bill Bryson’s official website

Bill Bryson, Photo Credit: Sam BrysonHere you will find all of Bill’s books (both UK and US editions), accompanied by press and reader reviews, carefully tailored extra information and useful resources.

Look a little further and you will discover more about Bill’s writing and have the chance to sign up to the official Bill Bryson newsletter for updates on books, events, competitions and more.

You can also join other readers on Bill’s official Facebook page.

Latest News

Bill & Neil Gower at Waterstones Piccadilly, London

We are very excited to announce that the evening will also include a special exhibition of Neil’s wonderful original cover art for Bill’s latest books and reissued backlist. Full details here.

Complete & unabridged – a Guardian Q&A with Bill

Find out Bill’s greatest fear and his guiltiest pleasure here. First published in the Guardian.

USA Today: Weekend picks

“Wonderfully engaging… Bryson is a keen observer of what’s amusing, ironic and absurd.” Read the review here.

New York Times: Interview

Find out which books are currently on Bill’s nightstand in this interview.

US edition on sale January 19

The Road to Little Dribbling is available for purchase here.

UK Cover Redesigns

Bill’s previous book covers are being redesigned by Neil Gower, the illustrator who created The Road to Little Dribbling’s UK cover.

The first title to be released with the new cover will be Notes From A Big Country, out on 28th January 2016.

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The Road to Little Dribbling: Number One

The Road to Little Dribbling has topped the UK hardback charts for the third week! Congratulations to Bill.

Bill receives International Recognition Award at the Irish Book Awards

Whether he is writing about growing up in Iowa, the British way of life, Shakespeare, the components of a domestic home or the American Summer of 1927, Bryson’s signature tone is one of insatiable curiosity and wry amusement at the world we live in.

Find out more here.

SOS: Seven Sisters View

Love the picturesque view of the Seven Sisters on the cover of The Road to Little Dribbling? Find out how you can help save it from the sea here.

Mashable: Review

‘Every page contains the kind of jaw-dropping fact that will have you nudging your partner in the ribs and pointing to a paragraph.’ Read the full review.

Financial Times: Review

‘It is at its best the history of a love affair, the very special relationship between Bryson and Britain. We remain lucky to have him.’ Read the full review. 

Bill Bryson on Simon Mayo’s Drivetime

Bill chats to Simon Mayo about The Road to Little Dribbling on BBC Radio 2. Listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer (skip to 1hr 8min).

Bill Bryson’s official newsletter

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Bill receives “outstanding contribution to travel writing” award from the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

Read the full story here on The Telegraph’s website.

Win an exclusive Little Dribbling goody bag

To celebrate the upcoming release of The Road to Little Dribbling, we have 10 exclusive Bill Bryson sets to give away, comprising a beautiful The Road to Little Dribbling bag and an exclusive sampler from the book itself. Enter here.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Sunday Times Extract

Read an exclusive extract from Bill’s upcoming book in the Sunday Times magazine this weekend.

Bill Bryson on BBC Radio 4 Ramblings

Bill takes Clare Balding on one of his very favourite walks around Windsor Great Park, a place he has enjoyed walking with his family. Listen to the episode on BBC iPlayer.

Britain’s heritage at risk due to ‘ill-educated internet critics’

Bill Bryson blasts negative reviewers on Tripadvisor for being unable to spell even the most common words. Read the full story on The Telegraph’s website here.

Bill Bryson on BBC Radio Scotland

Listen as Bill discusses the film adaptation of A Walk in the Woods with Janice Forsyth.

Guardian webchat

Bill joined the Guardian book club to answer your questions. From advice to wannabe hikers to why he really wants to write about George Washington, catch up with his answers here.

Interview with ABC News

Watch Bill’s interview on having Robert Redford play him in a film version of  A Walk in the Woods, and how much he loves Australia.

Durham Literary Festival Appearance – Tickets Now Available

Please check here to book tickets.

Audio extract: Notes From A Small Island

Bryson takes on Little England from his own unique perspective in an extract from NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, as part of Penguin’s 80th birthday celebrations.

Watch the trailer for A Walk in the Woods

Take a first look at the UK trailer for the film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s A Walk In The Woods. Robert Redford as Bryson leads a cast including Emma Thompson and Nick Nolte in the film, in cinemas on September 18.

A new edition for Notes from a Small Island

Transworld is reissuing Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island (August, £8.99) with artwork to match the author’s new title, The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island (October, £20). Read more. 

A message from Bill Bryson: RSC

Being one of the judges for the Bill Bryson prize is just about the most exciting thing I do all year – and that is only partly because the rest of my life isn’t very eventful. Read more.

The Guardian on The Road to Little Dribbling

Twenty years after Notes from a Small Island, what will he make of us? Read more.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Announcement

Bill Bryson’s first travel book in 15 years will be published in the UK this autumn. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island will be a new journey around Britain. Find out more.

A Walk in the Woods is to become a movie

Robert Redford is turning Bill’s bestselling comic memoir into a blockbuster, starring Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal and Nick Offerman. Find out more.

One Summer: America 1927 – out this summer in paperback
Excitement is building for paperback publication of One Summer in the UK on 22nd May, and in the US on 3rd June 2014.  One summer read you’ll never forget.

Bill has more books than any other author in the 40 Years of Sunday Times bestsellers list
In the Sunday Times’ recent survey of their all-time bestsellers list covering the last 40 years, Bill has 6 titles, more than any other author.  Top of his list is Notes from a Small Island at no. 7, of which Bryson said, “If I were writing it today, I would be kinder to Bradford.”

If you’re a Times+ member, you can get any of the top 100 bestselling titles for a special price of £2.99 from Waterstones. Find out more.

A Walk in the Woods: breaking film news…
A Walk in the Woods has now started shooting in Georgia, USA, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Find out more.

The Importance of Science: an outsider’s perspective – Bill speaks at the Royal Society

Bill speaks to Professor Jim Al-Khalili about his personal experiences and perspectives on science, from childhood and his school years through to writing A Short History of Nearly Everything and and his new bestseller book One Summer. Watch the interview here.

Bill’s last book At Home (Illustrated Edition), is available now in hardback.
This is a new and beautifully illustrated edition of Bill’s bestselling book. See previews from some of the chapters here – The Hall, The Kitchen, The Drawing Room, The Plum Room and The Dressing Room.

Order your copy here.

Bill Bryson’s new book
One Summer: America 1927
, is available now in hardback, ebook and audio.

Join Bill as he travels back in time to a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and, in five eventful months, changed the world for ever.

Join Bill in supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Love Hearts Appeal
Audible is proud to join Bill Bryson in supporting The Love Hearts Appeal at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. So here’s an exclusive short, written and narrated by Bill, just for you:
Listen or download to support The Love Hearts Appeal.

BBC Radio 2 Drivetime show interview
Bill joined Simon Mayo on Wednesday 25 September to talk about One Summer. You can hear the interview in full by visiting the Drivetime website.

One Summer video interview with Waterstones
Bill talks to the Waterstones Blog about his latest book One Summer which focuses on just five months in an American year which changed the world forever . . . Visit the blog.

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