Book review: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson


“There used to be a kind of unspoken nobility about living in Britain.” [253]

When I started reading the book, I knew I would laugh unstoppably, enjoy the off-track travel stories & sentimental retrospective mentions. But in this publication, I feel I discovered more; a land that the author calls home. His sentiment for the past times and warmth for the hidden paths & forgotten towns makes you want to immediately visit the exact same locations. And the fact that he travelled by public transport makes me want to hug him (yes, I’m a huge advocate for using public transport, bikes or your own legs)!

I found it extremely interesting that the book, which was written in the nighties, is so up-to-date today. The issues regarding conservation, heritage, nature, community, and public transport still need our voice and understanding.

I hope you enjoyed my short introduction to this fascinating read by Bill Bryson. What in Notes from a Small Island stroke your attention most? Do let me know in the comments below.

Kinga Macalla

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