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The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of an American in Britain

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A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t.

Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, really funny guy.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 21, 2015 – Bryson returns to his adopted country of Britain to revisit some of his favorite sites in this followup to his bestselling Notes from a Small Island, published in 1996. He discovers that some of these places, like Dorset, a coastal city Bryson describes as "rolling perfection," remain relatively unchanged, while others have changed for better or worse. He reports that Manchester, a city he took to task in his earlier effort, has improved, though many of his compliments are backhanded. As usual, he scatters an entertaining mix of wacky anecdotes and factoids (e.g., during an eight-week period in 2009, four people in Britain were fatally trampled by cows) throughout, but his enduring mix of wonder and irascibility is what carries readers through his travels. His wry observations and self-deprecating humor keep him from coming off as a bitter cynic, and his lyrical way with words keeps the pages turning.

Customer Reviews

The Road to Little Dribbling

Bill Bryson you are a fabulous writer. I am an American citizen & have lived in Florida for the last 25 years. I come from the North of England born in Newcastle where I stayed for 40 years & travelled extensively around Britain in that time.
You have taken me back to my roots & taken me places I have not been for many years. Made me laugh & smile @ your observations of places & people. You know the British so well. Thank you so much for your many amazing books.
Pat Hudson

Nice sequel....

Perhaps not as funny as NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, but just as informative. Bryson is hard to beat.

Still worth it

I greatly enjoy this author's work but he phoned this one in. Still, Bryson with a B- effort is still a good read.

The Road to Little Dribbling
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  • Category: Europe
  • Published: Jan 19, 2016
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
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