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The Road to Little Dribbling
The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island | Bill Bryson
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Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain.Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed.Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn't altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain's occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas.Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.
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veritysalter
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m a big fan of Bill Bryson, I love his ability to notice the quirks of the British that we view as completely normal.

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mabell
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Pickpick

With his customary wit, Bill Bryson, my favorite parsimonious travel writer, takes on the UK again 20 years after writing Notes from a Small Island. Some places he revisits, some are new. Of course his analogies and turns of phrase are often overly colorful and inappropriate, but he is in general extremely entertaining and informative. And how does he uncover these amazing stories?!
#wintergames #tbrread #TeamFozziwig

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veritysalter
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Scochrane26 I ❤️ most of bill Bryson‘s books. 4mo
LeahBergen I have this one waiting on my shelf. 😄 4mo
RachelAmphlett Brilliant book! I also loved “Down Under” 4mo
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veritysalter He picks up on British quirks that we don‘t realise we have. It‘s great to see an outsiders (although he‘s lived here for years) view of our country. 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Sounds great! 4mo
Crazeedi I've had this book on my list for a while now, I really need to get to it!! 4mo
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Andrea313
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New #BookMail! I bought and read the (then) entirety of Bryson's work on a trip to the UK about fifteen years ago, and now every time I read one of his books, it's like taking the trip over again.

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Morr_Books
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Mehso-so

Finished my first book of the #24in48 Readathon! @24in48 #audiobook

Mamafoshay What is this challenge? 7mo
Morr_Books @Mamafoshay - You can find info about this readathon at https://24in48.com 7mo
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smilingshelves
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You know you're in for a treat when the first paragraph already has you snickering. Love Bill Bryson!

Aims42 He‘s a favorite of mine too! LOL 8mo
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jenlbean
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Pickpick

I love Bill Bryson's books. This one was like a trip with my dad across Britain. His description is thorough and his attitude is very relatable.

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EmilieGR
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Hilarious, cozy, warm

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Laura317
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Mehso-so

This book was ok. The author‘s attempt at humor often fell flat for me. He seems like a grump. The descriptions of England were lovely, though, and made me wish I was able to visit again.

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Leftcoastzen
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Pickpick

#24B4Monday Love this book! It‘s been on the Kindle for a while .Bill kind of wanders around the U.K. going to villages and well known places.He travels like I enjoy traveling.Sometimes the best places and best people are the ones you meet on the way to your destination. #Readathon Only about 90 minutes clocked so far.

SumisBooks 90 minutes is great! Keep going hun! 😊 10mo
Andrew65 A good start. 👏 10mo
Trashcanman Where a long sleeve shirt 10mo
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Laura317
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I should have learned from my first Bryson book that he is snarky and not really nice. No wonder we are considered “ugly Americans” when traveling. However, I love to read about England, so I continue on...

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Dolly
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Mehso-so

Entertaining and possibly useful for those wishing to walk or visit the UK. The author‘s use of labeling an exhaustive number of people idiots, interfered with my respect for him as a person and therefore an author. I understand he‘s trying to be funny but that type of humor misses with me. He‘s not on my list of writers I hope to meet.

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Dolly
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Gees Louise! Is this author trying to be funny when he calls people idiots because they follow policy and comments that he hopes an innocent man - who asked honest questions and received snarky comments in return by the author - gets lost? I‘m sensing Bill Bryson has the need for one-upism.

Do his stories come off as mean spirited to anyone else? I noticed this in A Walk in the Woods - he said mean things about those who worked in fast food.

everlocalwest Yeah, I don't get Bryson. I think his snark is too mean spirited and he genuinely does not seem to enjoy travel. I have no idea why he is such a popular travel writer. 11mo
Dolly @everlocalwest I‘ve convinced myself that one can tell lots about another‘s personality by what they find funny. Then I wonder what my sense of humor says about me 😬🚽 11mo
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Nevermore88
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krismlars
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My old friend has just poured its last cup. Now the question is, do I go electric?☕️

mcctrish Oh no 🤦🏻‍♀️ I have a stove top kettle ❤️it seems more permanent than an electric one although this unfortunate event kinda proves me wrong 😂 13mo
krismlars @mcctrish I can't even remember when I purchased this one. It's at least 10 years old, probably older. I'm leaning towards this style again, because I'd still be able to make tea if my power was out haha. 13mo
mcctrish Exactly! Good thinking 13mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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For this early in the year, I'm pretty stressed out and have been spending way too much time on my phone instead of reading because The Small Rain wasn't gripping me. I want to finish it but right now Bill Bryson is giving me some much-needed laughs!

BarbaraJean This is such a fun one! I didn‘t like his Notes from a Small Island (so negative and complain-y), but I really liked this! 14mo
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JoyBlue
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Bailedbailed

Well, I'm torn. I'm enjoying this well enough; but at 25% in, I still have 10.5 hours to go. Am I *that* interested? So, I'm going to create a new Goodreads shelf for myself: put a pin in it. Maybe someday I will run out of more compelling reads on my TBR list and come back to this? 😂

Aims42 I have a shelf for “those” books too lol #SomedayReads (edited) 2y
JoyBlue @Aims42 Oh, good—I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 2y
Aims42 @JoyBlue haha, far from it! 🙌🏻 2y
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ElectricKatyLand
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I didn‘t love this one nearly as much as his earlier books. Not sure if his voice has changed or my tastes have, but some of the humor felt mean spirited rather than insightful. Overall, a light and entertaining account of walking through (and experiencing) all corners of the UK.

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A_woman_on_a_bike
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I‘ve just realised that this wonderful little app can save my relationship; my OH doesn‘t have to put up with me reading bits out of this book that are making me laugh out loud: ‘A fascinating pursuit,‘ they go on, ‘is the search for missing junction numbers, such as junction 3 of the M1 motorway.‘ Indeed. How many times have we all wondered where the fuck that got to? ...And to think there are people who need alcohol or sex to have fun. 😂🤣😜

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starsky
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White's own copy, according to the caption beside it, was bound in the skin of his pet spaniel. I am guessing that the spaniel died at a convenient moment and wasn't sacrificed specially, but the caption didn't say.

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BekaReid
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"London is arguably the biggest city in the world. Not in terms of sprawl—though goodness knows there is plenty enough of that—or number of inhabitants, but in terms of density and complexity and depth of history. London is not just vast horizontally but vast across time. History has left it sumptuously jumbled."

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GinEyre22
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Mehso-so

#LitsyAtoZ
Hoooooo boy.
If I wanted to hear an old man rant about milenials and demean service workers, I would turn on Fox News...

Thatpartyhat Ha! Spot on. 2y
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GinEyre22
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#readingresolutions Day 9: Cringeworthy
Not a good look there, Bill...

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BarbaraJean
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Pickpick

This was my library book club pick for December. I went into it with low expectations, having been underwhelmed by Notes from a Small Island several years ago (I think I wanted more nostalgia & less complaining). But I really enjoyed this! It was both fascinating and wryly funny. I‘m glad I listened to the audio to experience the UK version, and seeing the differences when I switched to the US print version from time to time was SO interesting.

nickimags I'm listening to it at the moment and it's really funny. 2y
BarbaraJean @nickimags It really is! I enjoyed it on audio. 2y
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BarbaraJean
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I‘ve been listening to this on audio, but have the print version out from the library & have been reading bits from the hard copy from time to time, often when I want to note down a quote I like. I keep finding differences between the two. It seems the audio is the British edition, since the print copy keeps cutting out Briticisms like references to “wheelie bins,” Tesco and the like. The audio version of this passage is below—I much prefer it! ⤵️

BarbaraJean “There are loads of people like us. We are all here because we like it here, or are married to Britons, or both. If I may say so, you are a little more cosmopolitan, possibly even a little more dynamic and productive, sometimes even more adorable and gorgeous because we are here with you. If you think the only people you should have in your country are the people you produce yourselves, you are an idiot.” 2y
RachelO This has quite thrown me - it's the second post I've seen this morning about US/UK versions. I kind of knew things were changed for different audiences, but assumed it was mainly spelling and grammar. Especially in a travelogue, surely these things add to the sense of place? I'm wondering what I've missed through reading international versions now - And how I'd ever know!! 😕 2y
BarbaraJean @RachelO I feel the same way! It‘s frustrating to find passages that are so different, or references that are missing. Though in this case it seems to go both ways—I found a whole paragraph on British food names in the print edition that‘s not in the audio. It also makes me wonder who edited it for the US edition. A lot of these differences seem to go beyond editorial purview (speaking as someone who used to work in publishing!). 2y
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BarbaraJean
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“It was the only time in my life in which I have moved like someone does when a movie film is reversed. I dived into the water and then straight back out again, backward, and have never gone into an English sea again.

Since that day, I have never assumed that anything is fun just because it looks like the English are enjoying themselves doing it, and mostly I have been right.”

😂😂😂

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BarbaraJean
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“It really doesn‘t pay to go back and look again at the things that once delighted you, because it‘s unlikely they will delight you now.”

This is both hilarious and heartbreakingly true.

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BarbaraJean
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Getting a head start on my library‘s book club pick for December, while I wrap some gifts for #SecretSantaGoesPostal / #WinterSolsticeBookExchange! I‘m excited about all these goodies... I hope my match will be, too!

Updrifting Ogod I love Bill Bryson. 2y
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Blaire
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A light and enjoyable read which is I️ wanted. Not my favorite of Bryson‘s, but enough moments that made me smile and I️ particularly liked the parts when he explained what it is that he likes about the UK. Definitely made we want to travel the British countryside. #travelmemoir #readharder #readharder2017 #bookriot

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Blaire
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My current read is perfect for # 🇬🇧 #british. I went through a huge Bill Bryson phase many years ago and have read all of his books except this one. I needed a fun read and this fits the bill. #emojinov

RealLifeReading I'll never forget visiting the Roman Baths in Yorkshire some ten years ago, wandering around and listening to Bill Bryson's audioguide! 2y
Blaire @RealLifeReading what a fun experience! 2y
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keithmalek
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ptkpepe98 And that is sad to me. Just sad. For so many reasons.😟 2y
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eraderneely
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Day 6: Indie Books
I can never figure out which books are from indie presses, so I interpreted today's #autumnreads prompt as #indiebookstores
Bookmarks from some of my favorites and recent purchases from indie stores on my travels - Foyles Bookstore - London, Barter Books - Alnwick, and Women & Children First - Chicago.

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Brie
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A companion travelogue to Bryson's earlier book Notes from a Small Island, this work is a love letter to Bryson's adopted nation of Great Britain. He references some previous travel spots, but many are new as he traverses the country. More recent than Notes, which made it much more enjoyable and relevant to me.

Suet624 That cover! 3y
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keithmalek

I should perhaps explain that Norfolk has a long-standing reputation for inbreeding. As my son Sam used to say: "Norfolk: too many people, not enough surnames." I am not for a moment suggesting that the rumors are entirely true, but I will say that when the police do DNA checks after crimes they sometimes have to arrest as many as twelve-thousand people.

Suet624 😂😂😂 3y
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keithmalek

We were idiots really, but awfully happy too.

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cariashley
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Pickpick

Have been having a long week with very little time for reading, so I was happy to finish this audiobook tonight. There's a lot more grumpy old man fodder than in his prior books, but most of Bryson's observations are both witty and generous; this is a great read for any Anglophile (especially American ones). 🇬🇧

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Soubhiville
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"Ladies' bedsore, yellow cowpox, tickle-me-knickers, Sneezle, old man's crack". How does YOUR garden grow?

Abailliekaras Love Bill Bryson! 3y
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Moonpa
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Pickpick

Having a ball listening to this book! I love grumpy Bill Bryson!

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Laura317
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I couldn't resist these two books. I love a good travel story. And Amor Towles is automatic buy for me.

Jaimelire Rules of Civility was a good one. Enjoy😀 3y
Laura317 @Jaimelire I loved A Gentleman In Moscow, so I've high hopes for this book. 3y
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Soubhiville
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Bill Bryson sure has a way with words. 🤣😂.

Honestly I've been a bit bored with this book overall, but occasionally he throws out gems like this, and keeps me reading.

MariaW 😂😂😂 3y
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Ncostell
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I went through a big Bill Bryson phase about 15 to 20 years ago but haven't read any more of his works again until now. The Road to Little Dribbling is a follow up to Notes from a Small Island. I remember now why I liked him so much in the first place, enjoying his interesting facts about the places he's visited. Now I have an urge to go on rambling walks through the English countryside. 🐄

AnnieReads I'm listening to One Summer right now. Bill Bryson is such a hoot! 3y
Ncostell @AnnieReads I've never listened to any of his books, I bet they're great on audio! 3y
AnnieReads A Walk in the Woods is one of my favorites to listen to. 3y
Ncostell @anniereads I just checked Overdrive through my library and they have quite a few of his books on audio. I'll have to check them out! 3y
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Listening

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Bryson's entertaining travelogue continues from his earlier book (Notes from a Small Island) to seek out rustic landscapes, picturesque fishing villages, old pubs and British eccentricities in his latest tour of Britain.
#mrbluesky #junetunz @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Great photo😻😻😻 3y
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Leelee08
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#bookshelfporn ❤📚😍(photo found on FB)

TheLondonBookworm 😍😍 so pretty 3y
Gissy I love it 3y
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Smrloomis
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Pat_E_Cakes
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Nothing against Lasalle, ON Canada but you can imagine as I listened to The Road to Little Dribbling on my daily commute for the last couple of weeks, the contrast between the English countryside described in such wonderfully appealing detail - filled with standing stones, sheep, quaint villages and public houses - and what I'm used to in Southwestern Ontario (again, no offense) was both inspiring and disheartening. All in all worth the listen.

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KendallMorganHall
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I love love love Bill Bryson. I met him at a book reading in Toronto and he is exactly the same way he comes off in his books: funny, self-deprecating, and kind. In this book he does a second tour of England and you learn even more about British culture, history, etc. Definitely worth a read if you are a Bryson fan

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Qemorio
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Mehso-so

I love Bill Bryson, I really do but man did he get grumpy in this book. If you can get past all the grumping there are a few glimmers of the beauty and history that can be found in Great Britain.

tapgurl Definitely not my favorite of his. It was a dnr for me:( 3y
tapgurl I meant dnf 3y
syasutake Good to know he's not always such a grump! This is my first Bryson book. 3y
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quietjenn
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Bryson seemed the right choice, for a day marked by travel and lunch in the airport concourse.