Bill Bryson comes out of retirement to write The Secret History of Christmas

Award-winning author Bill Bryson is coming out of retirement to write a new book, The Secret History Of Christmas.

The book explores the origins of many popular Christmas traditions, including mince pies, A Christmas Carol and Santa’s true identity.

It will be released exclusively on audio book platform Audible in November and will be voiced by Bryson himself.

“Christmas is filled with traditions and rituals that most of us observe throughout our lives, but often without having the slightest idea where they came from,” said Bryson, who announced that he was retiring from book writing in October 2020 “withdrawn”.

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Bryson is known for best-selling non-fiction books that explore subjects that are often overlooked or inaccessible (Thom Atkinson/Wellcome/PA)

“For example, why is it called Boxing Day?

“Why are we singing about the good King Wenceslaus, who wasn’t a king or maybe even a good one and had nothing to do with Britain? What is the story behind Christmas crackers?

“Someone must have decided these things. They cannot have arisen by accident.

“So Christmas and how it came about is full of surprises. And that’s what this audio presentation is all about.”

Bryson is known for best-selling non-fiction books that explore subjects often overlooked or inaccessible, including A Short History of Nearly Everything, Notes From A Small Island, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, and Shakespeare: The World as a Stage.

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Bryson was Chancellor of Durham University from 2005 to 2011 and has an on-campus library named after him (Ben Birchall/PA)

The former editor at The Times was Chancellor of Durham University from 2005 to 2011 and has an on-campus library named after him.

Aurelie De Troyer, Audible’s Senior Vice President of International Content, said: “We are delighted that Bill Bryson has come out of retirement to collaborate with Audible on this exclusive exploration of the weird and wonderful origins of Christmas traditions.

“Bill is a popular author and narrator for Audible members, and we can’t think of anyone better to transport listeners into this celebratory adventure.”

The Secret History of Christmas will be available worldwide exclusively on Audible on November 10, 2022.

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