The Road to Little Dribbling
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, became the best-selling travel book ever, and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain.
Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand new journey around Britain. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, he sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn’t altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain’s occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call this rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas.
Once again, with his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute, funny and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.
‘Expect to chuckle, snort, snigger, grunt, laugh out loud and shake with recognition.’ Sunday Times
‘The History of a love affair, the very special relationship between Bryson and Britain. We remain lucky to have him.’ Financial Times