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About the Author: Bill Bryson

William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and worked in journalism until he became a full time writer. He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to New Hampshire in America for a few years, but they have now returned to live in the UK.

In The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson's hilarious first travel book, he chronicled a trip in his mother's Chevy around small town America. It was followed by Neither Here Nor There, an account of his first trip around Europe. Other travel books include the massive bestseller Notes From a Small Island, which won the 2003 World Book Day National Poll to find the book which best represented modern England, followed by A Walk in the Woods (in which Stephen Katz, his travel companion from Neither Here Nor There, made a welcome reappearance), Notes From a Big Country and Down Under.

Bill Bryson has also written several highly praised books on the English language, including Mother Tongue and Made in America. In his last book, he turned his attention to science. A Short History of Nearly Everything was lauded with critical acclaim, and became a huge bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, before going on to win the Aventis Prize for Science Books and the Descartes Science Communication Prize. His next book, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, is a memoir of growing up in 1950s America, featuring another appearance from his old friend Stephen Katz. October 8 sees the publication of A Really Short History of Nearly Everything.

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Paperback, Published in Jan 2011 by RBA

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788498678987

Page count: 336

Como muchos compañeros de generación, Bill Bryson creció fantaseando con ser un superhéroe: provisto de una vieja sudadera con un rayo sobre el pecho y una toalla atada al cuello, patrullaba su casa y su vecindario, saltando altos edificios y derrotando a villanos y malandrines (e imbéciles) -en su imaginación- como "El chi co centella". Bill Bryson recrea la vida de su familia y de su ciudad natal durante la década de 1950 en toda su trascendente normalidad. Era una época feliz, en la que coches, televisores y electrodomésticos (por no hablar de las armas nucleares) ganaban en número y tamaño con cada año que pasaba, y en la que el tabaco y la lluvia radioactiva provocada por los ensayos nucleares se consideraban inocuos. A un tiempo tierno y desternillante, Aventuras y desventuras del chico centella, está a la altura de cualquiera de los maravillosos libros que Bill Bryson ha escrito hasta la fecha y encandilará a quienes en algún momento fueron niños.

Bill Bryson's hilarious memoir of growing up in middle America in the Fifties, complete, unabridged, and read by the author.

Born in 1951 in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24 carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generation, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around the house wearing a jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel round his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing evildoers (in his head) as The Thunderbolt Kid.

Using his old fantasy life as a springboard, Bill Bryson recreates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality. In a period that saw the inexorable rise of television, the opening of Disneyland, the testing of the atomic bomb, and the explosion of choice in everything from food to cars, Bill Bryson's days followed in reassuringly cosy succession, enlivened by modest triumphs and disasters.

Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, The Thunderbolt Kid is full of Bill Bryson's inimitable, pitch-perfect observations and this unabridged recording contains every single amusing anecdote and amazing fact. Nothing is left out, so you can enjoy the whole book in its entirety, read by Bill Bryson himself.

Running time: 7 hours 27 minutes

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