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Bill Bryson
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17 May 2004

Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither here Nor there he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hamemrfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before.

Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Corgi Audio (17 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552152145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552152143
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Settled in England for many years, he moved to America with his wife and four children for a few years ,but has since returned to live in the UK. His bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods and Down Under. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of the decade in the UK.


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"'Hugely funny (not snigger-snigger funny, but great-big-belly-laugh-till-you-cry funny)'" (Daily Telegraph)

"'This is the travel book that every Inter-Rail vagrant would love to write'" (New Statesman)

"'It's very, very funny'" (The Sunday Times)

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Bill Bryson's second, achingly funny book, retracing his own steps as a student backpacking through Europe, twenty years later.

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Bryson does Europe" as only Bryson can.. 21 April 2003
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I'd heard all the hype about Bill Bryson being the best travel writer of the current generation so I figured I should read some of his stuff to make my own opinion. The first Bryson book I bought was this one and in all probability (at time of writing) I think it's my favourite. Bryson is an American who settled in Britain in the late 70s (and has since returned to the US).
The basic style of a Bryson book is simple - get a train to a place, wander around aimlessly, check into an average hotel, wander round a bit more, sit in a pub on your own and go to bed. And yes, many people will say that's all there is to a Bryson book. I'd have to disagree with that though - what makes this book is the humour.. a strange combination of British sarcasm and American expectation make Bryson's commentary on the places he visits and the people he sees really rather good.
In this book Bryson decides it's high time he ventured beyond Britain and visited as much of Europe as he can. To this end, he starts in Norway although he manages to visit when it's permanently dark, returns to England before venturing away on a longer trip, taking in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Rome, Florence (probably the funniest part of the book for me), before travelling further south-east towards Sofia and Istanbul.
If you're only going to read one Bill Bryson travel book, I'd probably recommend this one. Yes, there may be better travel writers, there may be funnier writers, but in terms of humorous travel writers I think Bryson is probably the best (although Peter Moore may come close).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated Maybe? 12 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
Needing to clear some space on my bookshelves I have decided to reacquaint myself with Bill Bryson's travel books before Bookcrossing them.
This one was written in 1990, first published in 1992 and the edition on my bookshelf in 1998. I enjoyed reading this travelogue of his tour of some of the major cities of Europe, many of those mentioned which I have visited myself during the last forty years. Of those that I have not I think that Sofia in particular may well have changed beyond recognition, Eastern Europe having undergone the most changes in the last eighteen years.
Whilst one might not always agree with Bryson's viewpoint it is none the less an amusing read, though one must also accept that in some aspects it can seem very dated.
Certainly worth reading if you are at all interested in any of the places in Europe he writes about but remember it was written nearly twenty years ago now.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Often hysterically funny and quite acerbic 14 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bryson isn't your typical travel author. He makes an effort to describe the places he visits, but does so in broad strokes. It's like an impressionist painting more than any attempt at detailed realism. He spends 1/3 of his time on the history of the places he visits and it's contemporary reality, 1/3 of his time on what sees and experiences, and 1/3 of his time on how he interprets what he sees as a confused foreigner.
For example, Bryson often goes on at length about the architecture of a building he loves or hates. He'll then describe when such building was erected and how it has been treated over the years since. Then ruminate briefly on how he can't understand the host nation's predeliction for building carparks so as to most efficently despoil an area's natural beauty. He'll finish up by wondering how such perverse actions are the nature of humanity.
Bryson writes with incredible ease, an incredible self-deprecating humor, a lust for travel and new adventures, and an overall wonder of the world around him. You get the impression he's just happy to be alive and could write with joy regarding his most recent attempt to buy chewing gum.
Some people Bill Bryson obnoxious and offensive. But if you like sarcastic and droll humor you'll love Neither Here Nor There.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I was introduced to Bill Bryson many years ago when a friend of mine gave me this book to read. From the first page, I found myself chuckling away. It is honestly the funniest and most entertaining book I have ever read (and I read a lot).

Bill Bryson is an unconventional travel writer, who intertwines his wit and humour into all of his travel tomes.

I would recommend this book to everyone who wants a laugh. It is one of these books I re-read at least twice a year.

My only wish is that Bill Bryson would write more humourous travel books/stories - of late, his writings have become more conservative.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it 29 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
Despite having enjoyed several of Bryson's other books, I couldn't really get into this one which was about his travels in Europe, roughly following in his own footsteps from 20 years earlier. It was well-written and quite witty but it took me most of the book to realise why I didn't hugely enjoy it. I think I didn't enjoy the book because he didn't enjoy the trip. He spent a lot of time moaning and this affected the tone of the book. I just wished he'd either find something to enjoy, or just pack up and go home.

He started off well, with a good amount of detail and good cheer and described the locations and people skillfully, but as it went on, you could feel him getting listless and this came through in his writing. I'd look up some of his other work (eg Notes from a Small Island) rather than this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Another thoroughly amusing book by one of the only writers who makes me laugh out loud. I so wish he published more often..
Published 8 days ago by D. L. Hine
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Published 9 days ago by J Josephs
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read
I always enjoy his books and this was no different. Always entertaining and full of little anecdotes. Read more
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Bill Bryson at his usual high standards
Published 13 days ago by G. Riley
3.0 out of 5 stars I got bored as he appeared to do
Witty, amusing but I got a bit tired of the -arrive in station ,find nearest hotel, drop bag get out and look around, drink, bed and move on to next place - as bid Bill. Read more
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Published 20 days ago by Duncan Tribute
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny at times but too 'flat' discriptions of the amazing ...
Funny at times but too 'flat' discriptions of the amazing european places. I would wish for less details of how to get to and more colours in the picture.
Published 20 days ago by Justyna Wojcicka
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be really great if he did it again!
I love travel books and I can't believe it has taken me so many years to get around to reading this one! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elainedav
3.0 out of 5 stars annebar
A bit disappointed in this book. Not as humorous as the other books by Bill Bryson which I read. Would not recommend this to anyone who wanted to read this as first book by Bill... Read more
Published 1 month ago by annebar
3.0 out of 5 stars Neither Her, nor There: Travels in Europe
Not my favourite Bill Bryson book. He travelled all over Europe, and scarcely found anything good to say about the cities. Read more
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