I have been obsessed with all things British for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure exactly when this fascination started, dare I say it may have been from birth. My mother was not only named after Queen Elizabeth but made her entrance in to this world the same day the great Monarch walked down the aisle to marry her Prince. I guess in some bizarre way distant royalty has always been in my blood – so to speak.
That being said, it comes as no surprise that any BBC documentary or book on British history that I can get my hands on leaves me gleefully happy. So, when I happened upon Bill Bryson’s book, Notes from a Small Island, which details his walking travels throughout the United Kingdom, it didn’t take a second thought for me to pick it up and give it a read.
I have always enjoyed Bill Bryson’s literary style, particularly his humour. This installment did not disappoint. Bryson has a way of explaining each of his encounters so precisely that it becomes easy for the reader to imaginatively go on the journey with him. I not only learned a great deal about the Old World Island that resides on the other side of the “pond”, but also laughed out loud at their sayings and day to day musings. My love affair with Britain only grew stronger with Bryson’s words.
Next up on the book shelf: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins