My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s confirmed: Bill Bryson is officially the funniest author I have ever read.
In a Sunburned Country, his book about his Australian travels, was a riot—but I didn’t want to make my proclamation yet since I was on a flight to Australia when I read it. Bias and all that, you know how it is.
But after reading this book about the UK? Yup. A must have for anyone interested in travel, (mis)adventure, hilarity.
This is not a guide book. It’s a recollection of the author’s six-week trip around the Isles and is filled with more poignancy and astute observation than you’d expect (and of course, the aforementioned antics). Even decades after it was published, it has hardly aged.
Take a chance on this and read the first few chapters. I can guarantee that there will be laughs on every page.
While you do that, I will be making my way through the rest of his published work, because I’m completely sold on this guy now.
The only thing I have against Notes from a Small Island is that I am stuck in Canada and all I want to do is book a one-way ticket to the United Kingdom. *shakes fist*