Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He is one of Britain’s best-known travel writers, and is the author of The Lost Continent, Neither Here nor There, Notes from a SmallIsland, Notes from a Big Country and Down Under. His most recent bestseller is African Diary (a charity book for CARE International). He has also written two books about the English language, Mother Tongue and Made in America. He lives in Norfolk, England with his family.