Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bill Bryson, Doctor of Letters, University of Leicester

Bill Bryson has probably given me more amusement than any other writer. From the time that I first stumbled across Notes from a Small Island to a flight back from Amsterdam in January this year when I thought I might get put off the plane for laughing uncontrollably at his description of the American love of Jell-O salad in The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, he has been consistently good value, and A Short History of Nearly Everything is undoubtedly the best popular science book I have ever read, containing the best account of string theory I have heard. So I was delighted when I learned that the University of Leicester was going to award him an honorary degree this year: