GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Any new book by Bill Bryson is sure to top the best-selling list, especially if, like this one, it is subtitled ‘More Notes from a Small Island‘. We laughed our way through his Notes from a Big Country and Notes from a Small Island (the best-selling travel book ever) and are delighted to be able to enjoy yet another peregrination through the quirky British countryside where, with his privileged viewpoint as an American who has spent much of his life in Britain, he spots all the idiosyncrasies.
He takes a trip through Britain, roughly following the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath exposing the idiotic inconsistencies, the beautiful landscapes and the eccentric British attitudes of some of the unusual places he visits on the way, Buxton, Tintagel, Barrow-in-Furness, St Bees are just a few.
It is Bryson’s funny lines that make him such compulsive reading. For instance, he grumbles about the fact that people no longer value good names. His Windsor Life insurance company has become ReAssure. A good name, he comments, for incontinence pants for the elderly. Delightful stuff!