Book Review: How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation by Stig Abell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars Stig Abell is quite a fascinating chap and that comes across very much in this book. Almost a contemporary of mine (we both grew up in the Midlands around the same time, and he went to the same school in Loughborough as a friend of mine but six years… Read More Book Review: How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation by Stig Abell

Book Review: Neither Here nor There – Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ll start with an admission: I’ve not entirely finished this book. The reason is convoluted and involves a useless budget airline, a dreadful Asian airport in one of the worst capital cities in the world, a stressed, grumpy and… Read More Book Review: Neither Here nor There – Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

Book Review: The Lost Continent – Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson My rating: 3 of 5 stars It was really rather interesting reading this book by one of my favourite authors. One of his earliest books, ‘The Lost Continent’ is something of a (now) backwards look at 80s America (mostly by car) by a relatively… Read More Book Review: The Lost Continent – Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

Book Review: Britain by the Book – A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape by Oliver Tearle

Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape by Oliver Tearle My rating: 5 of 5 stars I do like trivia books, I must confess. Give me a lot of facts mixed with a reasonable dose of humour and I’m in cloud nine. I got more than my money’s worth with Dr… Read More Book Review: Britain by the Book – A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape by Oliver Tearle

Book review: ‘Notes from a Small Island’ by Bill Bryson

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was the second of Bryson’s I read after first enjoying his short book on Shakespeare. That understated little classic told me Bryson was an informative author and makes anything fascinating, but it was this book which confirmed that his… Read More Book review: ‘Notes from a Small Island’ by Bill Bryson

Book Review – The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I Think Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes from a Small Island’ was the second book of his I ever read. I loved his (short) book on Shakespeare and so began his famous critique of the British culture… Read More Book Review – The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson