The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island (Bryson) Paperback – 7 Apr 2016
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"Warm, funny, thoughtful, sometimes grumpy. An absolute joy.
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I snorted with laughter…The Road to Little Dribbling is consistently and unendingly fabulous…I intend on buying a copy for everyone I know." (Clare Balding)
"Fans should expect to chuckle, snort, snigger, grunt, laugh out loud and shake with recognition…a clotted cream and homemade jam scone of a treat." (Sunday Times)
"Is it the funniest travel book I’ve read all year? Of course it is." (Daily Telegraph)
"There were moments when I snorted out loud with laughter while reading this book in public…He can be as gloriously silly as ever." (The Times)
"Bryson has no equal. He combines the charm and humour of Michael Palin with the cantankerousness of Victor Meldrew and the result is a benign intolerance that makes for a gloriously funny read." (Daily Express)
About the Author
Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. Another travel book, A Walk in the Woods, has become a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson. His new number one Sunday Times bestseller is The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island.
His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union’s highest literary award. He has written books on language, on Shakespeare, on history, and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. His last critically lauded bestsellers were At Home: a Short History of Private Life, and One Summer: America 1927
Bill Bryson was born in the American Midwest, and now lives in the UK. A former Chancellor of Durham University, he was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for five years, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society.
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I haven't done yet, but I know I will.
Years ago, Bill Bryson captured my reader's heart with 'Notes from a Small Island.' This sequel did not disappoint. Yes, he is a little more curmudgeonly now, but he's older so I wouldn't expect him to sound naively optimistic.
He makes astute observations across so many aspects of British life, often hitting the nail on the head regarding the likes of HS2, Butlins, Blackpool, BT and litter. And he does it so well. His writing is easy to read, entertaining, amusing, interesting and shows him to be interested in the world around him.
Bryson fans will not be disappointed.
What Bill lacks in positive thinking he makes up with his tight research and prose. I wish I could write as well. He is now British (Hurrah!) by passing that biggest test of b*****ks the Citizenship Test or whatever they call it (most British people couldn't pass that nonsense so well done sir) but still views Britain slightly from an outsider's point of view, despite living here for 40 years. He hates litter and rates villages on their amenities (butcher baker candlestick maker) and that's all you need to know really. Apart from slating Johnny 2 Jags Prescott and becoming more acquainted with Katie Price.
Overall, a moany book with some funny bits in and a lot of honesty. Like staying in a leaky caravan in Rhyl with your petulant father. Enjoy.
Bryson's love of the English countryside, his is amazing observation of character and grasp of intriguing (and sometimes useless) facts makes this book a joy to read. He really has nailed what it is to be quintessentially English and shows us what a glorious landscape it is to walk.
The book should be sponsored to come with a free pair of walking-boots.
This is much, much more enjoyable, travelling round Britain with an acerbic, amusing companion who shares so many of my opinions. I love his idea of being allowed 12 things to hate irrationally, and his idea for additional taxes and I couldn't disagree with any of them. Throughout the book I found myself nodding sagely at his observations of typical British quirks, from tea and cake to discussing the weather.
My main complaint of this book is that the map at the start doesn't feature all the places in the book and I found myself spending a lot of time checking exactly where they are and then reading more about them and whether I should go there. All in all an entertaining and amusing read which demonstrates his fondness for his adopted country and its eccentric inhabitants. We British truly are a race apart.
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