Bill Bryson has the rare knack of being out of his depth wherever he goes- even (perhaps especially) in the land of his birth. This became all too apparent when, after nearly two decades in England, the world’s best loved travel writer upped sticks with Mrs Bryson, little Jimmy et al. and returned to live in the country he had left as a youth.
Of course there were things Bryson missed about Blighty but any sense of loss was countered by the joy of redscovering some of the forgotten treasures of his childhood: the glories of a New England autumn; the pleasing comical sight of oneself in shorts; and motel rooms where you can generally count on being awakened in the night by a piercing shriek and the sound of a female voice pleading, ‘ Put the gun down, Vinnie, I’ll do anything you say.’
Whether discussing the strange appeal of breakfast pizza or the jaw-slackening direness of American TV, Bill Bryson brings his inimitable brand of bemused wit to bear on that strangest of phenomena- the American way of life.
Bill Bryson’s answer to Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America… not only hilarious but also insighful and informative – Indepenent on Sunday
Delightful bite-size essays that exude affection whil debunking the ridiculous with wonderful succinctness… This is not a book to be read in a single sitting. It is one to be savoured – The Times