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Island Life

Advantages: Humour and anecdotes
Disadvantages: Uninformative, hasn't dated well, skips Cornwall

This was probably Bill Bryson's most famous book, until he wrote the fabulous A Short History of Nearly Everything, so I had high hopes for it. It charts his travels around the UK by foot and (mostly) public transport before he moved back to America in th ...

DoubleFantasy11 08.07.2008 · Read full review
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From Farleigh Wallop to Shellow Bowells

Advantages: Entertaining observations of Britishness, dry laugh-out-loud humour, curious people and places
Disadvantages: Wished he'd travelled in his car more to get to more remote parts

What's it all about? …………………………………… Shelf-marked as a travel humour book this is indeed travel with humour at its core. The entertaining experiences told of 'one last trip' an American man makes around Britain, after living in Yorkshire for almost t ...

simoncjones 25.04.2006 · Read full review
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Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson

Advantages: Funny and informative in all one.
Disadvantages: Nothing at all

Notes From a Small Island was the first Bill Bryson book I read and as soon as I had finished I knew I would want to read more of them. This was 1995 and apart from a really technical one that’s name escapes me, I have now read them all. Bill Bryson live ...

muppetbabe 28.12.2011 · Read full review
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Bryson Pulls it off

Advantages: Entertaining and witty observation
Disadvantages: Some areas of the country are omitted

I received a copy of Notes From a Small Island as a birthday gift a few years ago and was immediately hooked. I enjoyed reading about a place and time that I know about but have never seen from another point of view. Bill Bryson visited our shores as ...

JeffFromPoole 13.12.2008 · Read full review
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FLATULENT ANGLOPHILE FROM IOWA SAYS HIS GOODBYES

Advantages: funny, easy reading, reasonably informative
Disadvantages: toilet humour, shallow

It's strange nobody wrote on Ciao about this book, and that it has only recently been added; after all it's been around for several years and it was a bestseller. I have to say I am not a massive fan of Bryson, I found a lot of his stuff condescending ...

magdadh 03.07.2005 · Read full review
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