A 2012 World Book Night selection.
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a few years, 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 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 Gardeners' Question Time.
'Not a book that should be read in public, for fear of emitting loud snorts' The Times
'Laugh-out-loud funny' The Good Book Guide
'Splendid... What's enjoyable is that there's as much of Bryson in here as there is of Britain' Sunday Telegraph
'Bryson is funny because he is not afraid to give completely of himself' Daily Express
Publication date: 01/08/1996
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||1st August 1996|
|Publisher:||Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Travel,|
Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. He is the bestselling author of The Lost Continent, Mother Tongue, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Big Country, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything. He is also the author of the bestselling ...More About Bill Bryson