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Publisher Comments:

"Suddenly, in the space of a moment, I realized what it was that I loved about Britain--which is to say, all of it.  Every last bit of it, good and bad--old churches, country lanes, people saying 'Mustn't grumble' and 'I'm terribly sorry but,' people apologizing to me when I conk them with a careless elbow, milk in bottles, beans on toast, haymaking in June, seaside piers, Ordinance Survey maps, tea and crumpets, summer showers and foggy winter evenings--every bit of it."

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such bestsellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while.  This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland--and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another.  It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home.  His aim was to take stock of modern-day Britain, and to analyze what he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, zebra crossings, and place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells.

With characteristic wit and irreverence, Bill Bryson presents the ludicrous and the endearing in equal measure.  The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.

About the Author

When The Lost Continent was published in 1989, Bill Brysons savagely funny account of his journey back to his roots in small-town U.S.A. took the reading public by a storm of guffaws. It was followed by Neither Here Nor There, in which Bryson applied his unique brand of wry humour to the foibles of Continental Europe and the Europeans.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553455939
performance Read:
Bryson, Bill
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Publisher:
Random House Audio Voices
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Europe - Gt. Britain/England
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Subject:
England
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - England
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
1437335
Abridged:
Y
Series Volume:
no. 96-6
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
5 sound discs (6 hr.)
Dimensions:
5.61x4.92x.95 in. .46 lbs.
Media Run Time:
360

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Travel » Europe » Great Britain
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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