Notes from a Big Country

“There is always a little more toothpaste in the tube. Think about it.”

Bill Bryson

So I found Notes from a Big Country lying randomly about the house (as you do) and read a bit. And then a bit more. And before you could say “should be doing something more constructive” I had read all of it.

You see, Notes from a Big Country is a collection of columns from the Mail on Sunday about Bill Bryson’s move back to his home country, America, and the various bits of culture shock that happen when he is there. Stuff like the stupid amounts of bureaucracy, or all the free stuff you get in America (apparently), or the crappy television. It’s like The World According to Clarkson except more tolerant. And it doesn’t deny climate change, which is, you know, a bonus.

Here’s a tip: do not read this book in a public place, because people tend to give you funny looks if you sit there with your shoulders shaking as you try not to laugh hysterically. It really is that funny. It’s just a pity it’s so short.


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