A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Paperback Black Swan

By (author) Bill Bryson

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 26mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552997021
  • ISBN 13: 9780552997027
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 20,242

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The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America. At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. 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.

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Bill Bryson is much loved for his bestselling travel books, from The Lost Continent to Down Under, but Notes from a Small Island has earned a particularly special place in the nation's heart (a national poll for World Book Day in 2003 voted it the book that best represents Britain). His acclaimed A Short History of Nearly Everything won the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. He has now returned to live in the UK with his wife and family. www.billbryson.co.uk

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"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

Editorial reviews

The author of Notes From A Small Island obviously felt the need to stretch his legs after quitting England for the United States.A Walk in the Woods, recounts Bryson's hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world, the 2000-mile-long Appalachian Trail. And as you'd expect from Bryson, this is no dry documentary - the enjoyment lies as much in his hilarious turn of phrase and eye for the incongruous as in his meetings with moonshiners, rednecks, gun-totin' nutcases and wild animals. (Kirkus UK)

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God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath--The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas. With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey. An instant classic, riotously funny, "A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.