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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." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"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)
"Astute and funny...a tribute to [Britain's] enchantments by an unabashed anglophile." (New York Times)
A wonderful look at our Beautiful country through the eyes of a person with a lovely sense of humour. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by HJP
Great read very funny looking forward further notes from a small island!!!Published 17 hours ago by Mr Andrew N Davey
Bryson starts his book very funnily, but unfortunately this does not continue throughout the whole book. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by fizzgigg
Enjoyable buty he does ramble on a bit - which I suppose is the point of the book!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer