Three Men in a Boat is a classic I am only just getting to now. It’s that particular sort of British humour -bumbling, self-deprecating and obvious, mixed with a travelogue, nostalgic for the history of the countryside along the Thames. Quaintly amusing, historically interesting (given that it was written in the 1880s and was looking back) and with a marvellous dog called Montmorency, this is a quick, fun read.
This was a little slice of Italy. When food writer Paul arrives in Italy to finish his book and finds his car rental booking nonexistent, he finds himself hiring a bulldozer instead. It is the characters that Paul meets that make this story, more than the fact that he is driving around Italy on a bulldozer. They are quirky and interesting and make for a story that is a little off centre but enjoyable.
Pull up a bar stool, have a beer (or three) and let Phil tell you a story. Colourful Australian language shines throughout as Phil takes jobs around the country that seem to be over as fast as he lands them. His laid back attitude to life and sense of humour are ever present.
The Road to Little Dribbling is Bill Bryson’s first travel book for fifteen years – a brand new journey around Britain. His last three major works were largely social histories – One Summer: America 1927, At Home: A Short History of Private Life and A Short History of Nearly Everything.
If you’re a Bill Bryson addict, The Road to Little Dribbling is a must read. If you’re looking to read you first Bill Bryson, I’d probably go with something different, either The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island or Down Under (his Australian book). Continue reading
What a rollicking, raucous, hilarious, unpredictable adventure! Sandy MacKinnon is a Swallows and Amazons and Narnia loving man with a disregard for planning and safety, which took him, and therefore his readers, on an extraordinary journey from Wales to the Black Sea in a dinghy called Jack de Crow. I loved every minute of it.