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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. 2006 - Doubleday. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, published in 2006 by Doubleday.

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Title The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Doubleday
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2006
ISBN 9780385608268
Cover Price 18.99
No. Pages 305
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.67

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and white lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and not excessively toned, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £18.99.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson's many books include, most recently In a Sunburned Country, as well  as I'm a Stranger Here Myself, A walk in the Woods, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, and The Mother Tongue.He edited The Best American Travel Writing 2000. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he lived in England for almost two decades. He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and four children.

Synopsis of this title

Some say that the first hint that Bill Bryson was not of Planet Earth came when his mother sent him to school in lime-green Capri pants. Others think it all started with his discovery, at the age of six, of a woollen jersey of rare fineness. Across the moth-holed chest was a golden thunderbolt. It may have looked like an old college football sweater, but young Bryson knew better. It was obviously the Sacred Jersey of Zap, and proved that he had been placed with this innocuous family in the middle of America to fly, become invisible, shoot guns out of people’s hands from a distance, and wear his underpants over his jeans in the manner of Superman.

Bill Bryson’s first travel book opened with the immortal line, ‘I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.’ In his deeply funny new memoir, he travels back in time to explore the ordinary kid he once was, and the curious world of 1950s America. It was a happy time, when almost everything was good for you, including DDT, cigarettes and nuclear fallout. This is a book about growing up in a specific time and place. But in Bryson’s hands, it becomes everyone’s story, one that will speak volumes – especially to anyone who has ever been young.

Reviews of this title


New York Times
'Outlandishly and improbably entertaining...inevitably [I] would be reduced to body-racking, tear-inducing, de-couching laughter.'

Literary Review
'Always witty and sometimes hilarious…wonderfully funny and touching.'

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