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The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

by Bill Bryson

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Series: Bill Bryson's Complete Notes (3)

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"Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed--and what hasn't. Following a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today."--From book jacket.… (more)
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    Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (dajashby)
    dajashby: Twenty years earlier, Bryson hits on the winning formula. Every bit as amusing.
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    Real Cardiff by Peter Finch (darllenwr_brwd)
    darllenwr_brwd: If you want to focus on the contemporary and the historical of a city bypassed by Bryson this may be for you.
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The 20-year "followup" to Notes from a Small Island. Things have not improved. ( )
  Dorothy2012 | Apr 22, 2024 |
Of course Bill Bryson is amusing - often laugh-out-loud funny. Of course his observations are pithy and to the point, even if he often chooses rather easy targets. This is a book taking us up the 'Bryson line' - a journey from the south to the extreme north of the UK. And yet, in a 470 page book. it takes him until page 300 to reach the Midlands. The whole of the north of England, Wales and Scotland merit a mere 140 pages. I know it's not meant to be an even-handed travelogue, but still...

An easy and amusing read, but not Bryson's finest work. ( )
  Margaret09 | Apr 15, 2024 |
I borrowed this from the local library on the basis that it’s the sequel (some twenty years later) to his very funny Notes on a Small Island about his experiences as an American living in Britain. This volume wasn’t anywhere near as entertaining – Bryson seems to have soured a great deal with age – but there are moments of laugh-out-loud humour, though they were few and far between. Still, some very interesting stuff about modern Britain (the ‘modernisation’ is what makes Bryson particularly sour). ( )
  davidrgrigg | Mar 23, 2024 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bryson has a wit that I enjoy and reading about his journey across the island of Great Britain makes me want to take a similar trip. Part travel journal, part memoir, this is just a fun little read about a man traveling around his adopted country. ( )
  teejayhanton | Mar 22, 2024 |
I enjoyed some of Bryson's other works but here he just spends 350 pages complaining like an old man about everything and everyone. ( )
  littoface | Feb 2, 2024 |
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Bauer, ThomasÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gower, NeilCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Before I went there for the first time, about all I knew about Bognor Regis, beyond how to spell it, was that some British monarch, at some uncertain point in the past, in a moment of deathbed acerbity, called out the words 'Bugger Bognor' just before expiring, though which monarch it was and why his parting wish on earth was to see a medium-sized English coastal resort sodomized are questions I could not answer.
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"Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed--and what hasn't. Following a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today."--From book jacket.

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