Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.
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Not all the columns hit their mark, and they are best read in small groupings, but this collection should sell well enough, although not likely to the heights of A Walk in the Woods.Read Full Review of Notes from a Small Island | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Ultimately, Bryson and his Notes From a Small Island: An Affectionate Portrait of Britain seem quite a lot like England itself: polite, unobtrusive, often charming, and quite easy to overlook.Read Full Review of Notes from a Small Island
For those who are Bryson virgins, it's a good place to start your acquaintance with the author if you ever have such a desire. Overall, OK as light entertainment but don't expect particularly beautiful prose nor deep insights.Read Full Review of Notes from a Small Island
First published in 1995, Notes from a Small Island is Bryson’s first foray into literature. He worked at The Times and The Independent before trying his hand at writing travel books, and thank goodness he did – otherwise World Book Night would be one excellent book down.Read Full Review of Notes from a Small Island
Reading this book will make you affectionate about it too—I promise. Just remember not to take it all seriously as a complete picture of either the British or American character. It's humor, after all, and in typical Bryson style, can be a trifle biting at times.Read Full Review of Notes from a Small Island
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