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This review is from: Icons of England (Paperback)I'm a fan of Bill Bryson and have his books (and audio books) in abundance, and always take at least one on holiday with me or if I'm away for a weekend.
So I bought this on the day it appeared, having seen his name on the cover. I recognised the style of illustration, the typeface, and therefore gladly took the plunge BUT as has been pointed out he did not write this. His contribution is the intro, and then apparently some 'editing'. So what you get is a list of people who claim the title 'celebrity' who tell us about their favourite bits of the country, their memories of childhood, or whatever pops into their acclaimed celebrity minds. Do I care what Trisha and the rest think about anything? No I don't. This book was dropped off at the charity shop very quickly and hopefully the British Heart Foundation will benefit from it far more than I did.
Initially I read the waffle contributed by some of the celebs (specifically, those people who don't annoy me) and then I tried some of the jottings by people who I've never heard of, and then on principle alone (having paid good money for this) I picked my way through those efforts written by people who ordinarily I couldn't care less about. And that's that, each one lasts a page or two and are all pretty much worthless unless you happen to be enamoured with the celebrity culture which we currently live in.
This product should not be emphasising Bill Bryson's name, and the cover art should not have been designed and illustrated in the style of all his other books. It's misleading, because it has very little to do with him. This sort of book is not for me. Some like it, I don't. I'll examine in detail the next book bearing his name before potentially wasting money on it!
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2011 10:25:54 BDT
C. Hall says:
This is exactly the reason I read reviews before buying a book. The publisher would say that it is clear from the outset that many people contributed to this book, but it was important for me personally to be reminded that I hardly recognise most of the 'celebrities' in this country and would be just as uninterested in their viewpoints as the writer of this review was. Having said that, the moment I read that Prince Charles had written an intro it should have been clear that this book was not going to be for me:-)
Posted on 26 Nov 2011 06:41:14 GMT
K. Merry says:
Thanks, you just saved me time and money!
Posted on 26 Sep 2013 11:15:14 BDT
Dr. H. Bernard-Smith says:
Thank you. Second to none in my admiration of Bryson's work, I am grateful for your saving me time and money. I have little time for 'celebrities' (celebrated for what?), but let's not be too hard on them; remember that many of them are very well-known for being famous if for nothing else.
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