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A wonderful staycation if Britain is your home
on 23 May 2015
I wasn’t sure what to make of Bill Bryson to begin with. He likes Marmite (on which we concur) but not Bullseye (one of the best quiz shows Britain has ever produced). I live in Oxford, which he is a bit rude about (his criticisms are fair enough though). By the time he’d toured all of Britain I was very fond of him and even more fond than I already was of it. There is a lot of fun to be had in spotting the places you’ve been to in this book and seeing if you and Bill agree (his mention of the Potato Marketing Board, which no longer exists in Oxford, bought back a happy memory of a romantic tryst I’d enjoyed there). The Milton Keynes tourist board won’t be offering him a job. Thankfully he said nothing which I felt needed correcting with a stiff letter. This book is like a staycation if Britain is your home.