Notes From A Big Country

Notes From A Big Country : Journey into the American Dream

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From perfectly formed potatoes to adulterous US presidents, and from domestic upsets to millennial fever, Bill Bryson just cannot resist airing his opinions and standing up for his (mostly) law-abiding fellow American citizens. But of course after twenty years in England, he is now back on the other side of the pond, and is obviously having a little trouble finding his true American self again. After vigorous exercise on the Appalachian Trail comes this edited collection of Bryson's most splenetic comic pieces culled from his humorous regular column in The Mail on Sunday.
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Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 100 x 140 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Audio
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 055214648X
  • 9780552146487
  • 1,782,122

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"'Bill Bryson's answer to Alistair Cooke's Letter From America...not only hilarious but also insightful and informative'" -- Jeremy Atiyah * Independent on Sunday * "'Delightful bite-size essays that exude affection while debunking the ridiculous with wonderful succinctness...This is not a book to be read in a single sitting. It is one to be savoured'" -- Martin Fletcher * The Times * "'One of his best books'" -- Scott Bradfield * Independent *
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About Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. He is the bestselling author of The Lost Continent, Mother Tongue, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Big Country, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything. He is also the author of the bestselling African Diary (a charity book for CARE International).
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"'Delightful bite-size essays that exude affection while debunking the ridiculous with wonderful succinctness...This is not a book to be read in a single sitting. It is one to be savoured'"
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Back cover copy

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.

When an old friend asked him to write a weekly dispatch from New Hampshire for the Mail on Sunday's Night & Day magazine, Bill firmly turned him down. So firm was he, in fact, that gathered here are eighteen months' worth of his popular columns about that strangest of phenomena - the American way of life. Whether discussing the glories of a New England autumn, the dazzling efficiency of the garbage disposal unit, the exoticism of having you groceries bagged for you or the jaw-slackening direness of American TV, Bill Bryson brings his inimitable brand of bemused wit to bear on the world's richest and craziest country.

Kerry Shale has performed his acclaimed solo show The Prince of West End Avenue in the UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Other stage work includes plays such as The Normal Heart, True West and Disappeared. TV work includes Sharpe, Cracker and Tales of Narnia. His films include Yentl, RKO 281 and 102 Dalmations. Kerry has abridged and read Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, Notes from a Big Country and Down Under. He has received three Sony Awards for radio acting and writing.

Abridged, running time approximately 3 hours
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