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U.S. author Bill Bryson to lead English countryside charity

U.S. author Bill Bryson to lead English countryside charity

British-based American humorist Bill Bryson's love for this small island is no secret, but now he is dedicating himself to protecting its charms.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England's trustees on Wednesday endorsed Bryson as the conservation charity's next president _ a decision that must be finalized by a vote at the annual general meeting July 9.
"We're just delighted that Bill has agreed to be put forward ... He's a person who communicates how wonderful and precious England's countryside is to the widest possible audience," the organization's chairman, Sir Nigel Thompson, said.
Bryson _ who was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but has lived in Britain for most of the past 25 years _ celebrated England's beauty in best-selling books such as "Notes from a Small Island."
He said he planned to use his position to lobby lawmakers for stronger fines against people who litter.
"You're extremely lucky to have such beautiful countryside in this country," Bryson said in a British Broadcasting Corp. television interview.
"It's really important that this generation does all it can to preserve that," he said.
Bryson came to England as a 22-year-old backpacker in 1973 and met his wife while working at a hospital in Surrey, outside London. He became a full-time author after working for The Times and the Independent newspapers in the 1980s.
He has helped conservation causes as a commissioner for English Heritage, and Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary member of Order of the British Empire last year for services to literature.
He would replace Max Hastings, a former editor of both The Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard, as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Hastings has held the position since June 2002.


Updated : 2021-05-09 19:50 GMT+08:00