The Road to Little Dribbling

More Notes from a Small Island

Publisher: Anchor Canada
Bill Bryson returns to his internationally beloved topic, Britain, with his first travel book in fifteen years.


In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The hilarious book he wrote about that journey, Notes from a Small Island, became one of the most loved books of recent decades.
    Now, in this hotly anticipated new travel book, his first in fifteen years and sure to be greeted as the funniest book of the decade, Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland.
    Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today--while doing that incredibly rare thing of making us laugh out loud in public.

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BUGGER BOGNOR!

 

My plan, after Bognor, was to take a bus along the coast to Brighton, and I was quietly excited about this. I had never experienced this stretch of coastline and had great hopes for it. I had printed out a timetable and carefully selected the 12.19 as the best bus for my purposes...

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PRAISE FOR

A New York Times Bestseller
A Washington Post Notable Book

"Is it the funniest travel book I've read all year? Of course it is." —The Telegraph (UK)

"Endearing, irreverent, insightful, self-deprecating and hilarious. [The Road to Little Dribbling is] remarkable entertainment." —USA Today

"Everybody loves Bill Bryson, don't they? He's clever, witty, entertaining, a great companion. . . . His research is on show here, producing insight, wisdom and startling nuggets of information. . . . Bill Bryson and his new book are the dog's bollocks." —The Independent (UK)

"The Road to Little Dribbling takes readers on a cheeky romp through Britain's heart . . . [and] affectionately celebrates, and devilishly skewers, the island's wild places, peculiar customs and colorful people." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Bryson is an entertaining travel companion with a keen eye for the absurd." —The Wall Street Journal

"You could hardly ask for a better guide to Great Britain than Bill Bryson." —Miami Herald

"Although he's now entering what he fondly calls his 'dotage,' the 64-year-old Bryson seems merely to have sharpened both his charms and his crotchets." —The New York Times Book Review

"The Road to Little Dribbling is a funny and pleasant travelogue. Bryson can capture a place memorably with just a sharp phrase or two." —NPR

"The truly great thing about Bryson is that he really cares and is insanely curious. . . . Reading his work is like going on holiday with the members of Monty Python." —Mashable

"Fans should expect to chuckle, snort, snigger, grunt, laugh out loud and shake with recognition. . . . A clotted cream and homemade jam scone of a treat." —The Sunday Times (UK)

"The history of a love affair, the very special relationship between Bryson and Britain. We remain lucky to have him." —Financial Times (UK)

"We have a tradition in this country of literary teddy bears—John Betjeman and Alan Bennett among them—whose cutting critiques of the absurdities and hypocrisies of the British people are carried out with such wit and good humour that they become national treasures. Bill Bryson is American but is now firmly established in the British teddy bear pantheon. . . . The fact that this wonderful writer can unerringly catalogue all our faults and is still happy to put up with us should make every British reader's chest swell with pride." —Sunday Express (UK)

"There were moments when I snorted out loud with laughter while reading this book in public. . . . [Bill Bryson] can be as gloriously silly as ever." —The Times (UK)

"Stuffed with eye-opening facts and statistics. . . . Bryson's charm and wit continue to float off the page. . . . Recognizing oneself is part of the pleasure of reading Bryson's mostly affable rants about Britain and Britishness." —Daily Mail (UK)

"What [Bryson] does best—penning travel books that educate, inform and will have you laughing out loud. . . . I was chuckling away by page four and soaking up his historic facts to impress my mates with. Sure to be a bestseller." —The Sun (UK)

"We go to him less for insights—though there are plenty of these—and more for the pleasure of his company. And he can be very funny indeed. Almost every page has a line worth quoting." —Herald Scotland (UK) 

"The observation, the wit, the geniality of Bryson's inimitable words illuminate every chapter." —Irish Times (Ireland)

"Bryson has no equal. He combines the charm and humour of Michael Palin with the cantankerousness of Victor Meldrew and the result is a benign intolerance that makes for a gloriously funny read." —Daily Express (UK)

"Bryson's capacity for wonder at the beauty of his adopted homeland seems to have only grown with time." —The Washington Post

"Bryson is Britain's favorite American, a cuddly-curmudgeonly national uncle. . . . [The Road to Little Dribbling] is very funny." —Associated Press