Bill Bryson's African Diary

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Bill Bryson's African Diary
Doubleday, Bill Bryson, 2002, African Diary book cover.jpg
Cover of 2002 Doubleday hardback edition
Author Bill Bryson
Illustrator Neil Gower
Subject Kenya
Genre Travel
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Pages 63
ISBN 0-7679-1506-2
Preceded by Down Under
Followed by A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson's African Diary is a 2002 book by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. The book details a trip Bryson took to Kenya in 2002. Bryson describes his experiences there and observations about Kenyan culture, geography, and politics, as well as his visits to poverty-fighting projects run by CARE International, to which he donated all royalties for the book.[1]


In a review published in the Guardian Lionel Shriver was critical of the book's length, describing it as "less a book than a pamphlet". Shriver also disliked the book's tone, "a po-faced, gee-whizz sincerity ill-suited to a writer who has made his reputation for being light and wry (and even snide) in droll travel books."[2]