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Bill Bryson is an unabashed Anglophile who, through a mistake of history, happened to be born and bred in Iowa. Righting that error, he spent 20 years in England before deciding to repatriate: "I had recently read that 3.7 million Americans according to a Gallup poll, believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me." That comic tone enlivens this account of Bryson's farewell walking tour of the countryside of "the green and kindly island that had for two decades been my home."
"Not a book that should be read in public, for fear of emitting loud snorts" (The Times)
"Laugh-out-loud funny" (The Good Book Guide)
"Splendid... What's enjoyable is that there's as much of Bryson in here as there is of Britain" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Bryson is funny because he is not afraid to give completely of himself" (Daily Express)
I’d been wanting to read this book for quite a while, but had never quite got round to it until recently. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Norman Cheeseworthy
I've never been one for travel books, not unless they suddenly became useful due to plans to travel to A or B or C even, or all three. But this book is a real treat. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Mr. J. M. Haines
I am crazy about Bill Bryson and as a Brit this was the one I wanted to read. Sadly it didn't live up to Thunderbolt Kid or his Short History of Nearly Everything though.Published 1 month ago by T. Speed
Massive fan of Mr Bryson. His writing is witty, clever and never fails to make me smile. I highly recommend this book either as a newcomer to his writing or if you are already a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Toni Vickers
Takes an American to open our eyes and see everything that we take for granted in our culture , achievements , sense of humour , historic buildings, wonderful countryside /coastal... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rosemary Grant