The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island


In 1995, Bill Bryson traveled throughout England and recorded his humorous, exceedingly grumpy observations in Notes from a Small IslandTwenty years older and now a citizen of the U.K., he sets off to recreate his trip, traveling by foot, road, and railway to revisit some places and discover others.  He trudges along deserted footpaths, decries the state of historical monuments, and leaves no digression unexplored.

By turns affectionate and excoriating, The Road to Little Dribbling is a perfect homage to his adopted land.

“I wondered idly what the builders of Stonehenge would have created if they’d had bulldozers and big trucks for moving materials and computers to help them design.  What would they have created if they had had all the tools we have?  Then I crested the brow of the hill with a view down to the visitor center, with its café and gift shop, its land trains and giant parking lot, and realized I was almost certainly looking at it.”

Bill Bryson is the author of various travel books, including Neither Here Nor There 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:  2015
Length:  385 page
Primary setting:  England
Secondary setting:  Scotland