Notes from a Small Island

Notes from a Small Island

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"Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain-which is to say, all of it."

After nearly two decades spent on British soil, Bill Bryson - bestselling author of The Mother Tongue and Made in America-decided to return to the United States. ("I had recently read," Bryson writes, "that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, so it was clear that my people needed me.") But before departing, he set out on a grand farewell tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.

Veering from the ludicrous to the endearing and back again, Notes from a Small Island is a delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie's Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.

Title:Notes from a Small Island
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0380727501
Format Type:
Number of Pages:324 pages

    Notes from a Small Island Reviews

  • Diane

    This book combines several of my favorite things: travelogues, England, and the charm of Bill Bryson.It is the book version of comfort food.So you can understand why I instinctively reached for this a...

  • Alissa

    Bill Bryson likes hedgerows, yelling at people, the English language, complaining, pretending to be a hiker, the fifth Duke of Portland, W.J.C. Scott-Bentinck, and himself. He tries too hard to be cle...

  • Algernon

    Newsflash: I have a new entry into my Top Ten Authors (past and present) that I would like to invite to a night out at the pub for a session of heavy drinking and tall tales. Bill Bryson, with his sly...

  • Cecily

    After 20 years in England, Bill Bryson decided to tour Britain in 1995 by public transport over ~6 weeks and write a book about it.HUMOURThere are snippets of great humour and insight (?a young man ...

  • Lisa Vegan

    It took me forever to read this because I was constantly picking it up and putting it down, not because I wasn?t enjoying it, but because it?s one of those books where it works to read it in this ...

  • Darwin8u

    "One thing I have learned over the years is that your impressions of a place are necessarily, and often unshakably, colored by the route you take into it."- Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island It i...

  • Paul

    I wasn't sure how much I'd get out of reading a book about my home country written by an American... but it turned out to be a joy. I hadn't realised, until I read the book, that Bryson had lived in t...

  • Jan-Maat

    Easily my favourite Bryson book and one I happily recommend as a light hearted introduction to Britain.Bryson is the perfect coffee and a doughnut writer. You can read him while concentrating on your ...

  • ·Karen·

    Mr Bryson has an entertaining line of patter, a nice, wry humour and he works very very hard to endear himself with the reader. Look, I'm a regular guy from Iowa who sometimes gets really narked at ow...

  • Conal

    I happened upon this book by chance and read it because I enjoy Bill Bryson's writing style. His witty observations are not absent from this travelogue from his adopted home of the UK. The funny text ...