“There is a writer named Bill Bryson. You might be familiar with him. He is an American but he has spent a lot of time in the UK. He was actually chancellor of Durham University. He just writes about whatever he wants to write about. He uses these very long and involved, convoluted sentences, full of adjectives, full of whimsy, and it’s brilliant. Not everybody loves him, but I do.” Mark Nichol on grammar and punctuation books.
Books by Bill Bryson
Interviews where books by Bill Bryson were recommended
The author and Emmy award-winning advertising exec discusses the changing face of the advertising world. He argues that the digital revolution has been mirrored before in the change from radio to tv advertising.
David Goldberg, professor of physics at Drexel University, recommends the best books to start learning about cosmology. He explains his choices to high school student, Eric Bolton.
Poet, writer and Bafta winning TV and film producer, Henry Normal, talks about his experiences bringing up his autistic son, the need for acceptance and why we should all embrace our human imperfections. Along the way he recommends five books that inspired him as a young man and continue to inspire him today.
The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Empowering Women
by Linda Scott
The Great Pretender
by Susannah Cahalan
Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time
by Gaia Vince
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
by Bill Bryson
The World According to Physics
by Jim Al-Khalili
Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us about Life, Love and Relationships
by Camilla Pang
The Royal Society is the world’s oldest independent scientific academy, dedicated to promoting excellence in science—and that includes an annual prize for the best popular science book. Here Professor Anne Osbourn, Fellow of the Royal Society and chair of this year’s judging panel, talks us through the six books that made the 2020 shortlist—and what makes them intriguing, accessible and exciting.