Notes from a Small Island

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McClelland & Stewart, Sep 1, 2009 - England - 320 pages
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson made 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 for 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 analyze what precisely it was he loved 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 shows like “Gardener’s Question Time.”

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Review: Notes from a Small Island (Notes From a Small Island #1)

User Review  - Yumiko Hansen - Goodreads

I don't exactly know why, but I've got a strong feeling that Bryson's point of view and mine are slightly different towards England where I spent fifteen years of my life. Only my regret is that I never put my foot in Scotland so this was the best part of the book for me! Read full review

Review: Notes from a Small Island (Notes From a Small Island #1)

User Review  - Lali - Goodreads

Don't read this before visiting the UK, you might not want to go at all. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

WhenThe Lost Continentwas published in 1989,Bill Bryson’s savagely funny account of his journey back to his roots in small-town U.S.A. took the reading public by a storm of guffaws. It was followed byNeither Here Nor There,in which Bryson applied his unique brand of wry humour to the foibles of Continental Europe and the Europeans.

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