Notes from a Small Island

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Thorndike Press, 1996 - History - 503 pages
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After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best-sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland - and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. 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 so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of modern-day Britain, and to analyze what he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, zebra crossings, and place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells. With characteristic wit and irreverence, Bill Bryson presents the ludicrous and the endearing in equal measure. The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.

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There is no doubt that Bryson is a talented writer. - LibraryThing
This lack of insight is tedious. - LibraryThing
Good intro to England for foreigners. - LibraryThing
That just happens to be their frame of reference. - LibraryThing
His insight on each of these is often hilarious. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Lonsdale Koester - Goodreads

Moments of wonderful narrative and insight, but honestly, Bryson is usually a little better than this and I expected more. Read full review

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User Review  - Kathryn - Goodreads

A fantastic little epic through contemporary Britain. Although just over 20 years old, many of the sites and cultural experiences still ring very true today in a way that is almost timeless. Hilarious and engaging. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of At Home, A Walk in the Woods, The Lost Continent, Made in America, The Mother Tongue, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson lives in England with his wife and children.

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