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Notes From A Small Island Paperback – 1 Aug 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (1 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552996009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552996006
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (644 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."

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"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)

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By H Pedder VINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2004
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My friend bought this book for me to read whilst i travelled solo to the USA.As i had a 7 hour wait in NY airport, i got stuck in to this. I'm sure every Newark Airport worker and visitor at that time thought i was a stark raving English loony! This is a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek book which simultaneously made me cringe with embarrassment (yep, we Brits actually DO the things he says) whilst puffing my chest out in pride at being British! Bryson takes the reader on a tour around Britain venturing from one end of the land to the other and I really felt like i was there with him, through the strife and rain (of course). His narrative is informative (i learnt a heck of a lot about my own country...from an American! Of all people!) and comical. He introduces the reader to typical (and not-so-typical) British folk and ponders over such things as the unanswerable question of 'where have all the red telephone booths gone?'. I never realised that i had such a beautiful, diverse land for exploration on my own doorstep. A hilarious, rib-tickling book which literally did have me snorting aloud with laughter (and consequently ducking my head in embarrassment!).Great for reading whilst on your travels.It MAY make you want to come back home...
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Enjoying this book immensely! I just love Bill Bryson's style of writing, his description of places makes you feel that you're actually there with him. A brilliant read!
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AN AMERICAN, for Christ's Sake, writing believablely, humorously, informatively sincerely; blabbering on from one subject or place about the wealth of pleasure he derives from just being there, and how he adores not only the English, but also the Scots... and even the Welsh, I tell you? The question mark is mine.
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plenty of laughs a good read
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Replacement of our original which had been loaned to a friend but never returned!!
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Brilliant! Loved every minute of it, so much so that I have have bought 2 further copies for friends birthday gifts. I have also bought the previous book called The Road to Little Dribbling which I hope will be as entertaining.
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Im new to Bill Bryson but now have most of his books on my wish list.... This one was so funny in places... so embarrassingly funny.... yes we are like that as a nation .... I loved it
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Mixed feelings about this book. Kept on reading in the hope it would become more interesting. Got to the end and it hadn't!!
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