A Walk In The Woods - Bill Bryson

A Walk In The Woods

By Bill Bryson

  • Release Date: 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Travel Writing
Score: 4.5
From 61 Ratings


In the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike the Appalachian Trail, the longest continuous footpath in the world. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and - perhaps most alarming of all - people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.

Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime's ambition - not to die outdoors.


  • Book of the film.

    By LonestarPete64
    Went to see the film and decided to buy the book. A great read and lots of interesting facts along the way.
  • Immensely enjoyable read

    By Listensaberdeen
    This was my first foray into a Bill Bryson adventure made, on the recommendation of my brother. I love language and Mr Bryson has a lovely habit of using an incongruous turn of phrase to bring out the full irony or comedy of his observations. I am not a great walker but this book has inspired me to rethink taking the bus in favour of making a trip on foot instead after he related that the distance he and Katz walked in just 20 minutes was equal to the distance walked by many Americans in a week! This is a wonderful and personal journey in the company of two affable men as they slogged for over 800 miles across some of the most remote areas in America. This is a book I really recommend because it is related with self effacing humour, wry observations, copious amounts of wit, and tremendous amounts of research: geographical, geological and historical. Don't know when I last looked up so many new words in one tome before, or dived off to google hotels, towns, societies and battles previously unknown - this was a wonderful experience. Thankyou.
  • A Walk In The Woods

    By zander55
    Easily the best book I've ever read. I have the audio book as well and listen to it constantly. I'm in the Royal Navy so when I'm away I just stick my headphones in or read the book and it takes me away to a place far better than the reality. Recommended it to everyone I know, along with Bills other work. Thank you Bill for a masterpiece!