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BBBear Tue 31-Mar-20 09:20:14

I’m always seeing Bill Bryson recommended as a good read, but which one should I start with?

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Thunderpunt Tue 31-Mar-20 09:26:47

Hold,on I can't remember the names but have read quite a few. I'll check on a,Avon and come back. One I do remember is Notes from a small Isle (?) and then he did a follow,up,one recent,y which I have just recently read.

MadisonAvenue Tue 31-Mar-20 09:29:59

The first one I read, nearly 30 years ago, was Neither Here Nor There. I think I went on to read The Lost Continent after that.

MrsIronfoundersson Tue 31-Mar-20 09:34:02

A Walk in the Woods is his first I think, about walking the Appalachian Trail with an old friend. It's funny and throws in lots of interesting information, like all his books.

Thunderpunt Tue 31-Mar-20 09:34:15

Notes from a Small Island - a travelogue around Britain ( he's American and very humorously talks about British weirdness and quirks)
Notes From a Big Country - similar to above but traveling around the US
Return to Litltle Dribbling - is the follow up some years later to Small Island
A Walk in the Woods - he takes a hike along the Appalachian Trail (I'd never heard of it, but is 1000's miles long) and it's the trials and tribulations along the way.
I know I've read more of them but can't remember which ones.
He has a very gentle humor, and the actual info on the places he's visits is fab. Having just gone through the amazon list I can see some on there I've not read so will now have to do so!
If you enjoy his style - I imagine you will like all of his books. I would definitely start with Notes from a Small Island though (assuming you're in the UK)

Lonelycrab Tue 31-Mar-20 09:38:45

I loved a short history of everything. In fact all his books I’ve read are just so engrossing. Such an easy to read guy. So funny toosmile

DrMadelineMaxwell Tue 31-Mar-20 09:40:25

Home. Just fascinating.

CumbiaVillera Tue 31-Mar-20 09:46:21

Short history of nearly everything would be on the top of my list if had to take three things with me to a deserted island.

iklboo Tue 31-Mar-20 09:46:36

I read Notes From A Small Island on a bus. People thought I'd lost it, I was giggling so much.

TurnOffTheTv Tue 31-Mar-20 09:58:24

Home is absolutely amazing
Notes from a Small Island is hilarious

BuzzShitbagBobbly Tue 31-Mar-20 10:03:27

BB is one of my favourite authors. I read and reread all his books.

Some of them are weightier than others. Home, Short History, The Body are all more factual and heavier going than the travelogues which are wonderful.

katseyes7 Tue 31-Mar-20 10:05:27

My favourite (although l love all of them) is The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.
Just don't read it in public. Although there's not much chance of that just now.

cdtaylornats Tue 31-Mar-20 11:10:32

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Tue 31-Mar-20 11:21:05

I read Notes from a Small Island at school and loved it, it's such a good read. DH bought me the follow up when it came out and I devoured it in one sitting.

BBBear Tue 31-Mar-20 11:21:46

Thanks everyone. I fancy humorous so will start with Notes from a Small Island (Iam in the U.K.) then Home or Appalachian Trail. Now I’m stuck at home I want to read about all the travels I can do when this is all over.
I’m treating the family to a big Amazon book order!

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InglouriousBasterd Tue 31-Mar-20 11:27:45

grin I read Note from a Small Island on the train once and snorted and shook with laughter the whole way, I think I sold that book to everyone around me that day! Also Down Under is brilliant. I generally prefer the travel ones but I think that’s just more my taste than anything!

PhilODox Tue 31-Mar-20 12:17:01

Oh, I envy anyone about to read Notes From a Small Island for the first time! envy
If you're British, you'll laugh and laugh.
Then the one about going round small town America- just wunnerful!

Wbeezer Tue 31-Mar-20 12:21:30

I once read three Bill Bryson books Back to back to relieve mild depression. It worked.

Xylophonics Tue 31-Mar-20 13:10:51

Read Notes on a Small Island years ago and A Walk in the Woods recently. Both laugh out loud funny and informative as well.

Taking mental notes of the other recommendations.

Rokerwriter Wed 01-Apr-20 13:01:56

My favourite is Down Under. I remember having to put it down in order to get my breath back, I was laughing so much. I believe that is the only time a book has ever made me laugh that much.

TheCanterburyWhales Wed 01-Apr-20 16:53:51

My comfort food books. I've read them all a million times. I remember years ago we tried to get HQ to invite him for a webchat.
My favourite is probably Notes From a Small Island followed by Neither Here Nor There.

Shinygoldbauble Wed 01-Apr-20 16:57:33

If you can get I'm a Stranger Here Myself,which is a collection of pieces about re-adjusting to life in American after living in Britain, I'd highly recommend it. Some of the pieces are genuinely laugh out loud funny.

Nononononono33 Wed 01-Apr-20 17:01:16

I’m a Stranger Here Myself is the same book as Notes from A Big Country (UK and US markets). I’d recommend all of the above. I love Bill Bryson and may do some rereading to get through lockdown.

june2007 Wed 01-Apr-20 17:06:29

Notes from Small Island? The one about uk.

fartingsparkles Wed 01-Apr-20 17:14:08

My favourite is Made in America, all about the evolution of language

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