Notes from a Small Island
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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:Paperback
Number of Pages:324 pages

    Notes from a Small Island Reviews

  • Alissa
    Jul 10, 2007

    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...

  • Cecily
    Jul 05, 2013

    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
    Apr 08, 2009

    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 ...

  • Paul
    Jun 10, 2016

    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...

  • Conal
    Jan 26, 2008

    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 ...

  • ·Karen·
    Jan 31, 2013

    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...

  • Anne
    Aug 15, 2007

    I studied for a summer in Bath, adore Wimbledon, and I am a huge fan of Shakespeare and most of literary canon which can be defined as British Lit, so I think I've always had a special place in my hea...

  • Stacy
    Jun 26, 2008

    I only got about a third of the way through this book. I was giving Bill Bryson one more chance to impress me, but he didn't quite do it. I would recommend this book for anyone who has lived in Englan...

  • Ben Babcock
    Aug 03, 2014

    Since I moved to England this fall, I haven?t done too much travelling around the country. I?ve been to London a couple of times, neither of which I did much that could be described as a touristy;...

  • Dish
    Jan 06, 2008

    It was hardly surprising to discover that the first book I finished in 2008 was one of my comfort re-reads. For these are the books I treasure, in the absolute certainty that whenever I feel bored, de...