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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
By United Press International
Story of the hunt for the Higgs boson wins science writing prize

Story of the hunt for the Higgs boson wins science writing prize

LONDON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A book telling the story of the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson has won Britain's annual prize awarded to the best popular science writing.

English countryside loses character

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Touchstones of the English countryside like village pubs and red phone boxes are vanishing fast in the name of corporate profit, an American author says.

New trash cans to enhance British security

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- New public trash cans in London will help improve British security by showing the television news and not serving as potential bombs, officials say.
Salman Rushdie wins Joyce award

Salman Rushdie wins Joyce award

DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- University College Dublin reportedly has honored Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie with its James Joyce Award.

Britain considers cameras to nab litterers

LONDON, April 12 (UPI) -- British lawmakers are considering the use of surveillance cameras to crack down on littering motorists, a newspaper said.

Literary figure fights British litter

NORWICH, England, May 2 (UPI) -- Transplanted U.S. writer Bill Bryson has taken a leadership position in the fight against litter in Britain.

Male authors dominate store's top 100

LONDON, April 13 (UPI) -- A list of the top 100 books written since 1982 shows male writers outpaced female authors, a staff survey at Waterstone's, Britain's largest book chain, said.

U.S. writer honored by Britain

LONDON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Britain has bestowed an honorary Order of the British Empire on U.S. writer Bill Bryson for his contribution to literature.

Ralph Fiennes to judge British book award

LONDON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Actor Ralph Fiennes has joined the final judging panel for Britain's Whitbread Book Awards for 2003.

Booklist -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Hardcover Fiction 1. The Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Guardian -- Nicholas Sparks, 91
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Booklist -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

Hardcover Fiction 1. Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown, 100 2. The Devil Wears Prada -- Lauren Weisberger, 59
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Book clubs popular again after decline

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Book clubs are booming as never before in the United States after years of decline that resulted in the Book-of-the-Month Club firing its celebrated panel of ju

William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, (born 8 December 1951) is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on scientific subjects. He was a resident of North Yorkshire, England for most of his professional life before moving back to the US in 1995. He has lived in Norfolk, England since 2003.

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of William and Mary Bryson. He has an older brother, Michael, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth.

Bryson was educated at Drake University but dropped out in 1972, deciding to backpack around Europe for four months. He returned to Europe the following year with his high-school friend, the pseudonymous Stephen Katz. Some of his experiences from this trip are relived as flashbacks in Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe, which documents a similar journey Bryson made twenty years later.

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