Bill Bryson on the adap­ta­tion of his best­seller A Walk in the Woods

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Bill Bryson’s now fa­mous walk in the woods al­most didn’t hap­pen — twice. Bryson’s ad­ven­ture walk with an old school friend on the 3500km Ap­palachian Trail through Amer­ica’s north­east in the late 1990s felt in­ter­minable to be­gin with, the au­thor tells Re­view.

Con­se­quently, the memoir that pro­pelled Bryson from a gig­ging travel writer to a best­selling au­thor, A Walk in the Woods: Re­dis­cov­er­ing Amer­ica on the Ap­palachian Trail, al­most wasn’t writ­ten.

And that would have de­prived the world of

his sub­se­quent self-deprecating, en­ter­tain­ing trav­el­ogues, comic mem­oirs and ob­ser­va­tional books in­clud­ing Down Un­der, Notes from a

Small Is­land and A Re­ally Short History of Nearly Ev­ery­thing.

His walk­ing part­ner, the pseudony­mous Stephen Katz, was an un­fit, grat­ing, re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic and, Bryson ad­mits, “the first few weeks we were to­gether, I just wished he’d go home”.

“He was driv­ing me crazy,” he says.” I wasn’t think­ing this is great ma­te­rial; dur­ing the whole first three weeks I was think­ing, I’m never

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