ISBN 9780552996006,Notes From A Small Island

Notes From A Small Island


Bill Bryson


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 1996

ISBN 9780552996006

ISBN-10 0552996009


Number of Pages 416 Pages
Language (English)
In his book, Notes From A Small Island, Bryson gives the readers his insights of the British life. Before moving back to his native land, America, with his family, Bryson took a tour of England. He reflects on the many different facets of the English way of life. He cheerfully narrates intriguing and funny anecdotes about the British land. The book also ponders over the many endearing qualities of the Britishers. He visits popular places like London and Blackpool, and goes on to explore less-known towns. He uses the public transport to travel and explore many modern cities and historic landmarks. The book offers a careful look into what makes the Britishers distinctive. Bryson pokes fun at the quirks of the British culture and the British people, but also presents its charming side. Bryson notes that there are 445,000 historical buildings which are listed, 1,500,000 acres of common land, 12,000 churches of the medieval period and 600,000 archaeological sites. He presents his views on the architecture, the food, queuing, puddings, and hedgerows. Bryson also humorously describes the different characters that he meets on his journey. In his travelogue, he interweaves his own life story, his marriage and jobs. He notes the changes that Britain has undergone and the changes he finds. He watches the scenery, the services, the people, the restaurants, and comments on the weather. Notes From A Small Island has remained a bestseller since its publication in 1995. In the World Book Day poll of 2003, the book was voted by the BBC Radio 4 listeners as the book which best represented Britain. In 1998, the book was adapted into a series by Carlton Television. An audio book format has also been made. About Bill Bryson William McGuire Bill Bryson is a bestselling writer from America. Other popular works by him include A Short History of Nearly Everything, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe, Bill Bryson's African Diary, The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bryson's Dictionary of Troublesome Words, On the Shoulders of Giants, and Icons of England. Bryson's writing has gained prominence due to his humorous insights into everyday life. His characteristic wit and simple writing style sets his work apart. Born in America, Bryson quit Drake University to travel around Europe. He later started working in Britain, where he met his wife Cynthia. He has also served as a Chancellor of the Durham University. Bill has several awards to his credit including the Aventis Prize, James Joyce Award, and the Golden Eagle Award. He lives with his wife and four kids in Norfolk.