I read ‘Notes from a Small Island’ a very long time ago, and I loved it. Being a little younger than today, I didn’t get a lot of it. This however, I laughed so hard that people gave me funny looks on the train. Admittedly this may have been because I was in the quiet coach and the only person not staring at a screen.
‘The Road to Little Dribbling’ by Bill Bryson, was a Christmas present from one of my new housemates and I was a little apprehensive. Like I said, I’m not a fan on non-fiction as I didn’t really get ‘Small Island’ I wasn’t sure if I’d like this but instead, I loved it. I live in Oxford so the section there was amazing. My housemate started reading it before I did and told me to read it.
There were so many places I knew or have been, that it was nice looking at them with fresh eyes. Bryson is funny and dry and looks at the world in slightly sceptical eyes but very realistic. I might have to go to Stonehenge now. I like that too much time wasn’t spent in each place especially big cities like London where there is a lot of travel writing. who would have thought Skegness had so much history?
The book flowed and travelled round the country in a random but nice order, I liked the bits in Scotland and Cornwall made me laugh a lot. It was definitely a nice change from murder mystery and YA.
I have a few other Bryson books, so I might have to give them ago later this year. Happy Reading!