Notes from a Small Island : Journey Through Britain CD-Audio
by Bill Bryson
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a while but before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain. 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 and Shellow Bowells, people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and Gardeners' Question Time.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Pages: 5 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 17/05/2004
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780552151702
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Review by bostonbibliophile
Sometimes fun, sometimes mawkish and slobbering tribute to Great Britain by the often entertaining Bryson. I enjoyed the book 75% of the time but this is far from my favorite of his. He mixes memoir and travelogue telling the tales of his walk around Britain right as he prepares to leave it after 20 years for life in the United States with his young family. I listened to this on audio and it was hard to get used to the British vernacular and expressions coming out of an American-accented speaker but he did a fine job narrating his story. I think I'll stick with A WALK IN THE WOODS though.