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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid By Bill Bryson

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
by Bill Bryson

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. In this funny memoir, he travels back in time to explore the ordinary kid he once was, and the curious world of 1950s America. This is a book about growing up in a specific time and place.
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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.

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Sku
GOR003343249
Title
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
320
ISBN 10
B004I93Q1Y
ISBN 13
9780385608268
Prizes
Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2007
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Note
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