Travel writing classics: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
June 22, 2015
Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson (1995)
Published at Cool Britannia's zenith in 1995, for many this is not only a travel writing classic but Bryson at his very best; his What's The Story? (Morning Glory), without the subsequent slow-decline, bickering and break-up that that signalled for Oasis.
It's easy to get caught up in the legacy of this book, not least of which is Bryson's place in the hearts of the public, and perhaps overlook what a feat of writing it is in itself. Bryson's choice to (try) to travel the country by public transport is in itself and inspired one - and could be said to be a major contributing factor to the books' insight.
If you haven't read it, do not do so in public as you will laugh openly and loudly - a very un-British thing to do. But do so quickly as later this year comes the sequel - The Road to Little Dribbling.