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Book of the Month

Our panel of reviewers turn their attention to Bill Bryson’s amusing travelogue, “The Road to Little Dribbling” on this month’s Book Club broadcast on “Over To You” this Monday, (28th June) at 7pm.

Why not join our local panellists, Sue Rodwell-Smith, Jean Fairbairn, Felicity Radcliffe and Alice Goulding as they reminisce about the good bits?

Iowa born author, Bill Bryson, “discovered” Britain while back packing around Europe for four months, after he dropped out from college in 1972.  He decided to stay after he got a job in a psychiatric hospital in Surrey where he met and married his wife, Cynthia in 1975.  Bryson wrote about some of his experiences of Europe in his book “Neither here nor There: Travels in Europe”. The couple moved back to Des Moines so that Bill could complete his degree which he did two years later and they returned to England settling in the south.

Bill worked as a regional journalist and went on to work for The Times, eventually becoming the Business Editor of the Independent.  He was appointed the Chancellor of Durham University in 2005 and held that position until 2011.  He also became the President of the Campaign for Rural England in 2007.  He is the writer of 19 books which are mostly the lighter side of travelogues and explanatory science books, many of which have brought him numerous awards. He now holds dual nationality.

Our Book of the Month, his ‘The Road to Little Dribbling – More Notes from a Small Island’ follows (but not too closely) a route, he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn’t altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain’s occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home.