Make Friends With Bill Bryson and CPRE

July 17, 2008

I super love Bill Bryson. He’s a wonderful author, a charming man, and probably one of the most good-hearted people on Earth. If more people showed his consideration for the planet, curiosity for other cultures, and appreciation for the life experiences that travel can give you, we’d be a much happier, healthier, friendly group of humans.

Now, through the power of Facebook, you can join Bill Bryson’s “Let’s be kind and do good things that help our countrysides and landscapes rather than crap on them, shall we?” team.

Oh, and that’s my slogan, not his. I don’t know that he would use the word “crap” in a team motto, although when I saw him at a reading in Boston a few years back, he did begin his talk with a more powerful four-letter word. Ah, how I enjoy his witty blended English-American sense of humor. 

Bill Bryson's African Diary

Bill Bryson's African Diary

Anyway, Mr. Bryson is currently working with the Campaign to Protect Rural England. It’s the kind of thing that locals usually get involved with, but just because you live in Toledo or Calgary or Perth doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care. What if you want to go visit rural England some day only to find it’s all been torn up and paved over? I imagine it’s the same way non-Americans feel when they visit U.S. National Parks and find them to be more smoggy and full of litter than the brochures make them look.

Which reminds me, you should read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Also, Down Under. Also, Notes From a Small Island. And of course, Bill Bryson’s African Diary, which benefits the non-profit CARE organization.

All other Bryson books are excellent as well, so read them too. Then loan them to your friends. Viva la Bryson revolution!


  1. Hello, thanks for pointing this out to people. Details of a BBC documentary made by Bill Bryson also available on the CPRE website. I was curious to see your advert for African Diary too, this is something else I worked on with Bill and was very worthwhile.

    Dan McLean

  2. Hello Mr. McLean,

    Thanks so much for stopping by! I did watch the CPRE video with Bill. He makes saving the planet sound so simple, doesn’t he? Just grab a few friends, some garbage bags and a pokey thingy so you don’t have to bend over so much. (Because what’s the point of a clean Earth if your back is too sore to enjoy it?)

    I’ve recommended “African Diary” a few times in a few different places (http://curbsideprophecies.wordpress.com/2008/05/13/show-you-care-buy-a-book-for-myanmar-and-china/). I think “Down Under” will always be my favorite, but a good book for a good cause is hard to resist.

    Best of luck with your campaign,

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