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Tuesday 03 September 2019

One-Off Bookshop Event For Bill Bryson As He Gets Set To Speak In East Sussex This Autumn

Bestselling author Bill Bryson brings his combination of sharp-eyed humour and depth of knowledge to a celebration of his new book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, at Charleston, East Sussex, this autumn. 

In 'The Body' Bill turns his attention to the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. 

"We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. 

"The idea of the book is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us."

In this follow-up to Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill secures his reputation for bringing clarity to the most complex subjects, seasoning insights with his wry sense of humour.

"What I learned," Bryson adds, "is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. 

"There really is no story more amazing than the story of us." 

In partnership with the independent bookshop Much Ado Books in Alfriston, Charleston will host the event in their newly-renovated barn. 

"This is the only bookshop event Bill has planned," reveals bookshop co-owner Cate Olson. 

"We are tremendously honoured he would choose it to be here. 

"It will be the most entertaining, fascinating event and we're thrilled to be a part of it". 

Bill is perhaps best known for his witty accounts of touring England and other countries. Notes from a Small Island, The Road to Little Dribbling, A Walk in the Woods and other travelogues secured his place in the hearts of readers everywhere. 

The £30 ticket includes a copy of the hardback book and entry to Charleston"s new exhibition, Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops. A cash bar will also be available. 

Doors for the event, which takes place on Saturday 9 November 2019, will open at 6:30pm, allowing time for a visit to the exhibition. Seating will begin at 7pm, for a 7:30pm start.

Tickets will go on general sale on Thursday 5 September 2019 and can be purchased via Charleston's website:

by: Mike Cobley


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