Notes From A Small Island

Notes From A Small Island: Journey Through Britain

Non-Fiction, Travel, Travel Writing
Paperback Published on: 30/07/2015
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Notes From A Small Island
Very funny....sometimes offensive
Whilst some parts of the books seem like they could be written today (lack of adequate public transport, lack of proper funding for the arts etc) there are... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton


In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill 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 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 'Ooh lovely' at the sight of a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits; and Gardeners' Question Time.

Notes from a Small Island was a huge number-one bestseller when it was first published, and has become the nation's most loved book about Britain, going on to sell over two million copies.

In his own words, Bill Bryson comes "from Des Moines, Iowa. Somebody had to." Now living in the UK, Bill Bryson made his name with his iconic, insightful and very, very funny books of travel writing including: The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Notes from a Small Island (voted the book that best represents Britain in a national poll) A Walk in the Woods and The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island. He is also the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781784161194
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 262g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 23 mm

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Notes From A Small Island
An hilarious read
Bryson is really laugh-out-loud funny, even the Prologue. He has a very dry sense of humour and an hilarious 'puzzlement' at how the English do things; onl... READ MORE
Caroline St Leger-Davey
Notes From A Small Island
so much chinese food mr bryson!
it's a wonder you survived your lovely trip, and lived long enough to read this delightful book.
Will Reid
Notes From A Small Island
Notes From a Small Island Bill Bryson
Fabulous read,I like his humour
william challoner
Notes From A Small Island
Hasn't aged well
I remember this book being a big deal in the 1990's, so after coming late to the Bill Bryson party (I had previously read The Body and A Short History of E... READ MORE
Andrew Payne
Notes From A Small Island
Perfect holiday fare
Have just got into Bill Bryson. I love his sense of irony and more important his sense of humour. Couldn’t put it down.