Notes From A Small Island: Journey Through Britain - Bryson (Paperback)Bill Bryson (author)
One of the quintessential pieces of British travel writing, Bryson’s wry, perceptive observations on his adoptive country provoke both guffaws of hilarity and winces of recognition – often within the same sentence.
His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much 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 'Ooh lovely' at the sight of a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits; and Gardeners' Question Time.
Notes from a Small Island was a huge number-one bestseller when it was first published, and has become the nation's most loved book about Britain, going on to sell over two million copies.
In his own words, Bill Bryson comes "from Des Moines, Iowa. Somebody had to." Now living in the UK, Bill Bryson made his name with his iconic, insightful and very, very funny books of travel writing including: The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Notes from a Small Island (voted the book that best represents Britain in a national poll) A Walk in the Woods and The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island. He is also the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 262 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 23 mm
'Not a book that should be read in public, for fear of emitting loud snorts.' - The Times
'Laugh-out-loud funny.' - The Good Book Guide
'Splendid... What's enjoyable is that there's as much of Bryson in here as there is of Britain.' - The Sunday Telegraph
'Bryson is funny because he is not afraid to give completely of himself.' - The Daily Express
'Astute and funny... a tribute to [Britain's] enchantments by an unabashed anglophile.' - The New York Times
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“An hilarious read”
Bryson is really laugh-out-loud funny, even the Prologue. He has a very dry sense of humour and an hilarious 'puzzlement' at how the English do things; only a foreigner could write this. Really enjoyed... More
“Notes from a Small Island”
Absolutely hilarious.Bill Bryson manages to pick up on the subtleties of being British in a way that only an American could. He cannot understand what it is about the weather, he gets confused by the counterpane, he... More
This book is Bryson at his best!
He captures the essence of being British in a way that could not be pinpointed by any other.
He doesn't understand why we discuss the weather, he doesn't understand why we... More
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