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Lost and found

Advantages: A great combination of humour, sightseeing, social commentary and invective
Disadvantages: Not enough on the western states

...Probably most British readers will first have come across his work through his book about the UK itself, "Notes from a Small Island". That is certainly a fine book, and well worth a read. But I do wonder whether his earlier work "The Lost Continent" (now ...

davidbuttery 09.11.2009 · Read full review
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Review of The Lost Continent - Bill Bryson

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Travel writer seeks Midwest of America

Advantages: easy to read, enjoyable, I feel as though I learnt something
Disadvantages: none for me

...Scarily, it is about ten years since I first got a glimpse of this book because, way back when I was doing GCSE coursework, we were given an extract from The Lost Continent to model our own work on. Tasked with starting my original writing in the same sty ...

KateHurst 21.01.2010 · Read full review
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Paradise Lost or Anytown U.S.A.

Advantages: Very funny, nice insights
Disadvantages: Unable to put it down

...As a travelogue this book is about as much good as a chocolate tea-cup. As a highly entertaining, laugh-out-loud, warts-and-all account of one man's travelling adventures through the land of his youth, it is tremendous value. Bill Bryson left his ho ...

proxam 15.05.2011 · Read full review
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Bryson does America

Advantages: Funny, easy to read
Disadvantages: Occasional roars of laughter which can be embarrassing

...First things first, this is in the travel book section, but it is NOT a guidebook, if you buy it as such you'll be very disappointed. The 'specific criteria' from ciao are therefore pretty pointless in this case. I'd never read any Bill Bryson until I we ...

M.Newcastle 31.10.2009 · Read full review
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Seafaring Saints

Advantages: Both scholarly and exciting, Clearly written, Some good photos
Disadvantages: Accounts of the Atlantic storms may leave you feeling seasick!

...When it comes to discovery of the Americas, everyone, it seems, wants a piece of the action. The classroom jingle tells us that in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and common knowledge certainly has the Genoese navigator down as the discoverer of the ...

Collingwood21 16.06.2010 · Read full review
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Review of The Brendan Voyage - Timothy Severin

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