Genre: Arts, History & Current Affairs
Published: 1 August 1995
Publisher: Black Swan

Notes from a Small Island

by Bill Bryson

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a while. 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, and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that 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
"Astute and funny...a tribute to [Britain's] enchantments by an unabashed anglophile." - New York Times