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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)
Notes from a Small Island is a classic of it’s type so there was always a risk associated with writing a follow up to a much loved book – and it’s clear from some of the reactions... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Stewart M
Rude and disdainful. I found it a poor reflection of Britain. Not worth the hype. I stopped part way through as it was negative.Published 3 days ago by Pete
A wonderful look at our Beautiful country through the eyes of a person with a lovely sense of humour. Read morePublished 3 days ago by HJP
Great read very funny looking forward further notes from a small island!!!Published 4 days ago by Mr Andrew N Davey
Bryson starts his book very funnily, but unfortunately this does not continue throughout the whole book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by fizzgigg
Enjoyable buty he does ramble on a bit - which I suppose is the point of the book!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer