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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: Travels Through My Childhood (Paperback)
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: Travels Through My Childhood (Paperback)

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: Travels Through My Childhood (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 02/06/2007
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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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552772549

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“The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”

Not really an autobiography as Bryson pads his story out with facts about America in the 1950's. An enjoyable enough read but not his best.

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28th July 2007
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“Bryson on form”

I love most of Bryson's work and this was no exception.

I was a little worried about the culture gap between my English 1980/1990's childhood and Bryson's 1950's American childhood, but I worried... More

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8th April 2010
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“The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid”

I didn't find this as funny as his other books but that may be down to my age and being born in the 80's so I couldn't relate to some of the things he raised as much as other readers may. It was still a... More

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18th January 2011
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