This is a sequel to Bill Bryson’s extremely popular first travel memoir Notes From a Small Island that was published twenty years ago. This time, rather than follow the traditional Land’s End to John O’Groats route to traverse Britain, he works out that the longest straight line one can follow is Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath (however he only loosely follows this, diverting in order to visit places he hasn’t been to before).
Overall this a very enjoyable sequel with lots of typical laugh out loud Bryson moments. I did feel however that he seems to have become more grumpy and negative about Britain as he’s got older. This may be as he’s lived here for a long time now and things aren’t as new and exciting as they used to be for him, but he talks a lot throughout the books about the good old days of Britain and the ways in which it has deteriorated. The book does become more optimistic as it goes on however, and despite the rose tinted nostalgia I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the original and Bryson’s writing.