Notes from a Small Island

By Bill Bryson

Rating: 5 stars

This was a fantastic book. Bill Bryson gives us a look at Britain from the perspective of an outsider, but one who really loves this country. His traipse around Britain before he returns to America for a couple of years is poignant and always very entertaining. Okay, so he has his rose-tinted glasses firmly on and at times presents a very Olde Worlde picture of the country, but it’s done with such love and affection that you don’t mind

Book details

ISBN: 9780771017049
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Year of publication: 1995

Round Ireland with a Fridge

By Tony Hawks

Rating: 4 stars

I always enjoy this whimsical, apparently true, tale of the results of a drunken bet to hitch-hike around Ireland with a fridge. I’ve read it a couple of times now, and it never fails to make me laugh out loud. The last chapter or two are a bit anti-climactical, but that was true of the journey too, so it matches the feel.

Book details

ISBN: 9780312274924
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Year of publication: 1997

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