Sue Lawley's guest this week is the American travel writer Bill Bryson. His inspiration was his father; a great traveller who never quite made it to his intended destination. His best-selling books, Notes from a Small Island and The Lost Continent, chronicle his experiences of facing up to fearsome British landladies and American motels which make the Bates hotel in Psycho look inviting.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: (Sittin' On) The Dock of The Bay by Otis Redding
Book: The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
Luxury: Basket ball and hoop, and a little hard standing