Notes from a Small Island

In Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson travels Great Britain by road and rail.  On his rambling circuit of the island, he visits most major cities and marvels at the names of less well-known places like Titsey and Farleigh Wallop.  Along the way, despite his frequent complaints and quips about the food, the language, and the customs, he falls in love once again with his adopted home.

Twenty years later, Bryson decided to retrace his steps across Britain and record his adventures in The Road to Little Dribbling.

“By the time I had finished my coffee and returned to the streets, the rain had temporarily abated, but the streets were full of vast puddles where the drains were unable to cope with the volume of water.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but you would think that if one nation ought by now to have mastered the science of drainage, Britain would be it.”

Bill Bryson is the author of various travel books, including A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country, as well as non-fiction such as At Home and The Mother Tongue.  Bryson currently lives in England with his family.

Published:  1995
Length: 324 pages
Primary Setting:  England
Secondary Settings:  Scotland and Wales