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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 the Hardcover edition.

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

Annoying fun

Bill can still inject humor into the simplest aspects of living and is at his best when commenting on the Brits. But when (and why) did he start with the snarky political references to American political conservatives he clearly dislikes. He's now become the Michael Moore of authors and that's no compliment Billy-boy.

Just had to get the hardcover

You had me at Chips and gravy with Black Forest gateau for desert.

Good but not great

One will always find Bill Bryson interesting, and of course his humor lends much to his writing. This book however just doesn't quite hit the mark, doesn't quite connect the reader with the Britain he describes. There is almost a feeling of writing it because he had to, rather than because he wanted to.
Having said all that, it's enjoyable and relaxing to read, and really quite likable.

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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