Bill Bryson is an excellent writer; he combines laugh-out-loud wit with a poignancy that isn’t overbearing or over-sentimental. He writes in a very clear and elegant fashion. His writing almost compels you to write as well; it has the facade of an effortless charm that, I’m sure, belies the labour that goes into it.
I’m racing through his latest book ‘The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid’. It’s excellent, as I hoped. My only regret is that at some 300 pages its far too short.
Books like this are rare, sadly.