The writer of Notes from a Small Island said he plans to read more and spend time with his ‘masses’ of grandchildren.
We will miss the beloved American author dearly, but some writers find it hard to call time on a literary career. The legendary Bill Bryson, a purveyor of humorous, insightful, warm-hearted books on the whole lot from the journey to in style science, has introduced his retirement.
Bill Bryson, the author of travel and science books which have sold millions of copies worldwide, is considering putting down his pen for good.
The 68-year-old author told Times Radio: “I don’t know how much of this is covid-related but I’m really quite enjoying doing nothing at all. For the first time in literally decades I’ve been reading for pleasure and I’m really enjoying it. Whatever time is left for me on Earth, I’d like to spend it indulging myself, rather than going out and trying to cover new territory.”
Bryson, whose books include A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Lost Continent, is perhaps best known for a travel book on his adopted homeland, Notes from a Small Island.
Bryson said that he had been treating his retirement as an experiment so far this year, but this experiment has been very successful.” “I was worried, as I think most writers would be, that maybe I would run out of things to do in my free time, or that I would just miss having an occupation, professional distractions … but so far that hasn’t been the case,” he said. The world is filled with other things you could do that are enjoyable without any pressures or influences trying to do these things as a job.
Bryson has four children and ten grandchildren and said he is keen to spend more time with his family.
“You only get one life,” Bryson said. “We all know that. I would quite like to spend the part left to me, which I hope is a significant part, but only a fraction, doing all the things I’ve not been able to do.
Like spending time and having fun with my family – I have masses of grandchildren, and I would love to spend more time with them just down on the floor.”