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'In a little more than 400 pages, Bill Bryson does what you always wished your secondary school science teacher would do: make science moreish and fun, even the gross bits' New Zealand Herald

'Here's a man who can do the impossible, make the incomprehensible as clear as a polished wine glass, the dullest subjects as lively as a bar room chat. . . It's a delight from start to finish. I doubt there has ever been a better book of its type' The Timaru Herald

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Winner of the Aventis Prize for Science Books 2004.
A Black Swan Book.
UK price £8.99. Paperback.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
ISBN 0-552-99704-8