The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island (Bryson)
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The Road to Little Dribbling

More Notes from a Small Island (Bryson)

By Bill Bryson

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Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 07 April 2016
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain.Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn't altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain's occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas. Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

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Bill Bryson's first travel book for fifteen years - a brand new journey around Britain.

EAN: 9780552779845
ISBN: 0552779849
Publisher: Black Swan
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.9 centimeters (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Bill Bryson's bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. Another travel book, A Walk in the Woods, has become a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson. His new number one Sunday Times bestseller is The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island. His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society's Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award. He has written books on language, on Shakespeare, on history, and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. His last critically lauded bestsellers were At Home: a Short History of Private Life, and One Summer: America 1927 Bill Bryson was born in the American Midwest, and now lives in the UK. A former Chancellor of Durham University, he was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for five years, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society.


"Warm, funny, thoughtful, sometimes grumpy. An absolute joy. + in Country Life: I snorted with laughter...The Road to Little Dribbling is consistently and unendingly fabulous...I intend on buying a copy for everyone I know." * Clare Balding * "Fans should expect to chuckle, snort, snigger, grunt, laugh out loud and shake with recognition...a clotted cream and homemade jam scone of a treat." * Sunday Times * "Is it the funniest travel book I've read all year? Of course it is." * Daily Telegraph * "There were moments when I snorted out loud with laughter while reading this book in public...He can be as gloriously silly as ever." * The Times * "Bryson has no equal. He combines the charm and humour of Michael Palin with the cantankerousness of Victor Meldrew and the result is a benign intolerance that makes for a gloriously funny read." * Daily Express *

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Geoffrey ONeill on
About a 1/4 in & enjoying a good write
Christine Lambert on
Really enjoyed this book. Lots of humour and so typical! felt like I wanted to hop in the car with my backpack and take off to some of these places. Loved the snippets of history and 'useful' information about places and people. Very entertaining. Quite a few facts not usually known.
Pat Graham on
I think that Bill Bryson is one of the most informed and funny writers ever. I love reading his books. I laugh and laugh - out loud! Reminds me of the Proverb "laughter is the best medicine" - it does you no end of good to get a good laugh - we don't do it often enough. Keep writing Bill!
I learn such a lot about places and buildings and people - and I think he gives such a truthful account - all most interesting indeed. I agree with his opinions, sadly it's the same decline everywhere you go these days.
I would love to have lunch with him and his wife - what fun we would have.

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