Podcast: in conversation with Bill Bryson

24th November 2016
Bill Bryson

Author and humorist Bill Bryson talks to Maria Hodson about his connection to the UK countryside. In a wide-ranging interview, he discusses his proudest achievement, his biggest bugbear and his favourite pastime - the strange British practice of walking...


Bill Bryson is the author of a vast number of well-loved books on travel and science, from A Walk in the Woods (1998) and A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003). A native of Des Moines, Iowa by birth, he has lived in Britain on and off for most of his adult life. A long time resident of Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales, Bryson now lives in Hampshire with his family.

His fondness for Britain and its curious character is documented brilliantly in Notes from a Small Island (1995) and its more recent follow-up, The Road to Little Dribbling (2015), and his commitment to the country's rural  treasures is exemplified by his role as the chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural  England from 2007-2011. Maria Hodson talks to the author about the countryside today and his latest adventures...

Notes From Little Dribbling cover

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island (Doubleday, £20)