Why is this here, with Bill Bryson’s name on the cover? I was the managing editor for this splendid 350th anniversary project for the Royal Society. So I got to commission and edit all the great writers here, and do the blurbs for their pieces. The result is richly illustrated and very handsome.
I also learnt, when we discussed one or two of the, er, less completely brilliiant drafts that B. Bryson is a fearsomely good copy-editor.