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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; 01 edition (7 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552779830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552779838
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,872 customer reviews)
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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)

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The number one Sunday Times bestseller: Bill Bryson’s first travel book for fifteen years – a brand new journey around Britain.

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Having found much to criticise in "Notes from a Small Island", and not even been able to get through "Down Under", I was not looking forward to this one, and only picked it up because I’d got all three in a job lot. I am so glad I did, because this book atones for all the irritations of my previous Bryson experience. Here, his droll wit flows naturally, not as painstakingly contrived as formerly, and I often had to laugh out loud at his piquant descriptions and off-colour philosophies. This time, his excursions into the histories of his destinations aroused my interest , and his often sour anecdotes are gripping.

Furthermore, in an age when I daily recoil at the ubiquitous murdering of the beautiful English language by the English, Bill Bryson – of American origin – not only respects every rule of grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and syntax - a rare delight nowadays – but expresses in what could be my own words his disgust and despair at those who don’t, giving many examples from those allegedly educated, who darn well ought to know better. I hope those culprits (named and others) have read the book, and are suitably ashamed.

I recommend this book as interesting, informative and highly entertaining.
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Although I have enjoyed many of Bill Bryson’s earlier books, I was bitterly disappointed by this one. The younger Bryson was someone I would happily have bought pints for and listened to all evening - adventurous and bubbling over with eagerness to share his interesting and varied experiences and discoveries. Alas, in this book he comes across as increasingly smug, know-all, patronizing, pedantic and misanthropic. He will tell you how to think on any and every subject, and if you disagree, you are clearly an idiot. If you happen to be a member of his select inner circle of family and friends, you can do no wrong. Everyone else can, as he frequently says, ‘f*** off’.

He starts off, almost on the first page, by stating what appears to be a pre-emptive get-out clause for his carping and negative attitude throughout the book: I Am Getting Old. At just five years younger than Bill, I was at first surprised by this claim - it would never have occurred to me to use my ‘advancing’ years as a justification for being smart-alecky and sarcastic to underpaid and overworked members of the service industry, who are of course not permitted to answer back - then I became irritated by his frequent variations on this ‘oldy’ theme. However, as the book went on, it did start to read more and more like the tedious and repetitive ramblings of someone in their early anecdotage.
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Bill Bryson has indeed become a grumpy old man, mostly complaining and being irritated by what he finds on his trip, There are only a few interesting stories about various historical characters as in his previous books,'rather it is just a long moan about how things were better before. It does not even cover the whole country, more than half takes place on the South coast. Do read all his previous books (these were great), but give this one a miss (unless you feel his pension needs a top up).
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I enjoyed this so much, I wanted to read it again.
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.
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Gosh - he's become rather arrogant and grumpy in his old age. While there were some good facts and funny observations, I was left with the impression that I wouldn't like to come across him anywhere. And he missed pretty much the whole of Scotland.
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After leading nearly everything bill Bryson has written, this was eagerly anticipated, very disappointed, doesn't seem to go anywhere, more like notes from days out, and the part no.Scotland, to say skimmed over would be overdoing it, passed by on a train more like.

Overall, were a couple of funny bits in the middle, but that's it, can't believe this is a Bill Bryson book to be honest, so disappointed, it's a book for the sake of writing a book in my opinion.
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As brilliant as I was expecting. Witty and warm. Delight and despair. Laughed out loud on a plane reading this. I also nodded in hearty agreement at many points. Bryson missed my corner of the country out but still stumbled into the obscure place my dad has stayed in regularly for work over the years in Fishguard (which quite rightly gets a good write up).

I bought the paperback for my grandma (she's in her 90s) and she thoroughly enjoyed it (it's not often that she's given a book that doesn't get a scathing review). My mum borrowed it and recommended it to me. I'm glad she did.
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