Author: William McGuire Bryson is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, the English language, science, and other non-fiction topics. He served as the chancellor of Durham University from 2005 to 2011.


Genre: Educational Book/ Children’s Book/ General Knowledge Book/ Fact Book/ Science Book

First published in Great Britain by Doubleday, an imprint of Random House Children’s Publishers UK, A  Random House Group Company

Corgi edition published 2010

Book: A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson (Book Review on mirandavoice.com)

Book Review: A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson, the contents of this book is divided into 6 sections:-

Lost in the Cosmos

The Size of the Earth

A New Age Dawns

Dangerous Planet

Life Itself

The Road to Us

Of which the section ‘Life Itself’ is the longest in the number of chapters.

This fact book is thick in size and the contents are profound too, although the content is abridged to suit the contemporary approach towards reading yet this book ensures that the reader is well-informed by all the facts necessary to strongly know the world he/she lives in.

Bill Bryson style of writing is dynamic, and is intricate in structure too; this makes reading this book both enjoyable and an intellectual experience.

Being a travelogue of science, A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson initiates its journey from the moment known to science as ‘time equals zero’ or t = 0, to explain the theory of Big Bang – the birth of the Universe, to explain the edge of universe, to know about Isaac Newton’s book the Principia with estimates of Newton on Earth made without conducting any experiments at all which later proved to be fodder for other scientists to conduct many scientific experiments; and continues to marvel the reader with many other valuable facts.

A book suitable for children of 9 to 13 years and for avid knowledge seekers, it is best preferred to read this book at a slower pace to grasp the writer’s style of writing and also to understand the knowledgeable facts.

A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING has to be studied chapter–wise, for this appreciably well-compiled book sequences all the facts that intellectual humans have discovered through the ages about the surrounding we live in. The topics in this book also unearth various scientific fields that exist to discover diverse facts of our planet, these facts when merged becomes whole – this book does the same to present the reader with a compact view of our planet.

As a reading material for children of 9-10 years – it is an extremely intellectual source, a parent assistance is required to explain the content in the simplest form, both parent and child can participate in reading this book – this will help the child to remain engaged with this book for a longer time,  reading of a chapter or two in a day is more than sufficient because of its high intellectual content, for a child of 9-10 years this book opens-up with complex subjects related to our world, too much emphasis should not be given on explaining very complex content by the parent, at an later age the child by his/her own interest will read this book and may try to gain knowledge over the complex content.

To conclude, though this book is quite tough to comprehend yet it undoubtedly has a powerful effect on the mind of a reader.

Amazon link: A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson 

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