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The Road to Little Dribbling

The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of An American in Britain

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Doubleday, an Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2015]
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780385539289
0385539282
Branch Call Number: 914.1048612 BR
Characteristics: 380 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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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 ridiculo... Read More »


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cmizenko
Jul 01, 2020

This was a fun and entertaining book. All the more enjoyable if you've read "Notes From a Small Island". Bill Bryson never fails to make me laugh out loud at his quirky comments and his observations about himself. The references to getting older are hilarious. A fun, light read!

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SandraMB
Jun 26, 2020

I love his writing style for his travel books. I learn so much about the places he goes to. I love his sense of humour and insights. A very unique talented person. And I love his grumpiness as he ages. Like him I hate seeing garbage littered about, poorly constructed/designed buildings, bad service. I also love his love and respect for Britain, even more so when it comes from an American.

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urovrdu
Dec 26, 2019

As usual, Bryson calls everyone in the public stupid morons.

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ChipperMuffy
Nov 07, 2019

Not my cup of tea!!!
weird humor

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annavery
Feb 26, 2019

a quote in here about hisotrian david brinkley that he contributes as much as a proton with air left over...or s.t. like that

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rreif2read
Jan 07, 2019

Maybe Bryson's most fun, at least anyone with an ongoing curiosity about the British and Britain. Wandering around Britain, loosely guided by the ends of his "Bryson Line", reflecting on those various neuroses most of feel while wandering around, Bryson shares his thoughts on what he sees on this historic island. And all with an overtone of ruminations over the world gone greedy and negligent. Or maybe it is just the aging curmudgeon (in us all?) manifesting in a litany of complaints. But put this all within the context of wandering around the marvel of Britain generally in awe and it makes for a fun trip. No shortage of giggles in this one.

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rogebc_0
Sep 30, 2018

Although Bryson's writing can get a bit tedious at times, it is a pleasure to read his small, easy essays about wonderful corners of Great Britain. It certainly inspires a deep wish to travel and see the landscapes and sit in the pubs . . .

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tjdickey
Nov 30, 2017

A quirky travelogue throughout tiny and tickling corners of Britain, with plenty of belly-laughs at Bryson's turns of phrase and curmudgeonly way of interacting with the British he meets. The pacing can lag at times, but the next ROFL-ridiculous moment is just around the corner.

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EmilyEm
May 08, 2017

Bill Bryson travels ‘The Bryson Line’ from one end of the UK to the other, revisiting some places from his ‘Notes from a Small Island’ after 20 years.

There were laugh-out-loud moments, but this outing was repetitious as Bryson traveled from one failing seaside town to the next. Found myself skimming to get to those nuggets of brilliance I expect from him. And, there are some.

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desertcammo
Feb 16, 2017

Bryson has a great sense of humor which seems at it's best in the first few chapters of every book he writes. Unfortunately, he then has a tendency to devolve into 'first I did this and then I did that' chapter upon chapter. One sometimes get the impression he's merely trying to fill pages. His grumpy old codger persona is only matched by the impression he casts as a huge cheapskate. Though I'm sure his readers recognize that he is a very successful writer, he is still constantly complaining about how much everything costs. I stared this book literally laughing out loud and ended it finding myself mildly irritated with the author.

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