Notes From A Small Island

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Bill Bryson's hilarious tour of his adopted country: the book that was voted the nation's favourite book on modern Britain in a World Book Day BBC poll.

 
Notes From A Small Island, Bill Bryson

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a while, to let his kids experience life in another country, to give his wife the chance to shop until 10 p.m. seven nights a week, and, most of all, because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another, and 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 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 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 Gardeners' Question Time.

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    ISBN: 9780552996006
    Published: 01/10/1996
    Imprint: Black Swan
    Extent: 416 pages
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    ISBN: 9781409095750
    Published: 01/05/2010
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    ISBN: 9780552151702
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"'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'" - Sunday Telegraph

"'Bryson is funny because he is not afraid to give completely of himself'" - Daily Express

"'Not a book that should be read in public, for fear of emitting loud snorts'" - The Times

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Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson's bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods and Notes From A Small Island, which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain. His acclaimed book on the history of science, A Short History Of Nearly Everything, won the Royal Society's Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize, the European Union's highest literary award. He has written books on language, on Shakespeare, and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid. His last critically lauded bestseller was At Home: a Short History of Private Life, and his newest book is One Summer: America 1927. He was born in the American Mid-West, and lives in the UK. Visit his website: www.billbryson.co.uk

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