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The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

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Nathan Osgood

14 Hours 4 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

January 2016

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A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter.


Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t.

Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, really funny guy.

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  • Neil S.

    I am a Bill Bryson fan and this book is not nearly as good as most of his others. I was hoping for some stories about Wales (where I'm planning to visit this fall) and Scotland (where I visited a couple of years ago) and listened to very few. Far too many "absolutely lovely" places to see and things to visit in this book, which there undoubtedly are, but way too few discussions about the English men and women Bryson undoubtedly met. And way too many digressions into politics and how "lovely" things could be if only the actors in England could get their acts together. I listened as I walked the dog and rarely found myself the subject of stares as I chuckled or openly laughed at something Bryson just said. Neil

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  • Rich

    I am an enduring Bryson fan. The humor in this book and the vivid descriptions of his travels did not disappoint. The lack of a star comes solely from the misplaced political rant near the end of the book. The missing star on narration is due to the disappointment that Bryson himself did not lend his own voice to this reading. Overall, a terrific book.

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  • Rosemarie Hoffmann

    Bill does it again! He is a treasure. Most of the place names were unfamiliar and at times the litany of places lost my attention, but then I was quickly drawn in by some cheeky, piercing observation. The conversational tone and occasional use of an f-bomb feels like Bill's sitting right in your living room...we can only wish.

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