Notes from a Small Island

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McClelland & Stewart, Sep 1, 2009 - England - 320 pages
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After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson made the decision to move back to the States for a while, to let his kids experience life in another country, to give his wife the chance to shop until 10 p.m. seven nights a week, and, most of all, because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, and it was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had for so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of the nation’s public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyze what precisely it was he loved about a country that had produced Marmite, a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy, place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells, people who said “Mustn’t grumble,” and shows like “Gardener’s Question Time.”

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I LOVE this book, so funny, love his writing style. - Goodreads
What a jerky windbag this narrative voice is. - Goodreads
A travel log full of wit and insight. - Goodreads
That just happens to be their frame of reference. - Goodreads
Lots of laughs and great travel tips for the UK - Goodreads
Totally delightful and surprisingly educational. - Goodreads

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Fun all the way, though it is a grumpy, low-key sort of fun. I appreciated his description of himself as a cheap but yet demanding tourist. I learned a few things but I can't remember what they are now. Read full review

About the author (2009)

WhenThe Lost Continentwas published in 1989,Bill Bryson’s savagely funny account of his journey back to his roots in small-town U.S.A. took the reading public by a storm of guffaws. It was followed byNeither Here Nor There,in which Bryson applied his unique brand of wry humour to the foibles of Continental Europe and the Europeans.

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