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Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the WoodsI wish I could write like Bill Bryson – his self-deprecating humour and the irreverent take on the things and people around him are priceless. It is really easy to finish his books at one sitting; they are that enjoyable.A Walk in the Woods is no different. The journey of 2 middle-aged, out-of-shape men on the longest hiking trail in the world is described with characteristic irony and wit. Bill Bryson and his friend Stephen Katz (we have seen him before on Bryson’s earlier travels around Europe) attempt the 2100 mile (the exact length varies year on year, we are informed) Appalachian Trail along the east coast of the United States. They do not complete it, not even half of it; and the 800-odd mile they do hike is not done at one stretch. They break journey for a couple of months when Bryson attempts day trips on the trail. But this is enough to give the reader an idea of the difficulty of the hike itself and also why so many people attempt it (not eno…