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"An icon in itself, with essays from many great writers on their favourite English sights"


England: our favourite things, by well-known names led by Bill Bryson, Michael Palin and Eric Clapton.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 9907 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: Transworld Digital (7. April 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0552776351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776356
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The book is **edited** by Bill Bryson. The guest authors have nothing much to say. Mostly you have the feeling they've been asked to write a piece about England and knock something off between their cornflakes and the toast. Not once have I been inspired or reminded of some aspect of England which I have forgotten about in my exile.

I'm about half way through and ready to toss it in the bin.

I had hoped for something better, Bill!
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This is NOT a book by Bill Bryson and thus, of course, it lacks his characteristic wit. If this is what the reader is looking for, then he or she will be disappointed.

This book consists of lots of short pieces by many different authors. Yes, some of them seem a little uninspired but most of them put a big fat smile on my face. The authors share their very person impressions about (more or less) quintessentially English locations, experiences and objects. Most pieces were full of genuine love for England. Of course, everybody has their very own Icons Of England and might not be able to relate to those presented in this book. I can and I would definitely recommend this book both to English expats and to all anglophiles.

4 out of 5 - one star off for the less impressive pieces.
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HASH(0x8f903a20) von 5 Sternen Not actually BY Bill Bryson ... 30. August 2010
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OK, OK. I know it says "Edited by Bill Bryson". Apparently, I just looked at the big name on the cover and made some assumptions. I love reading Bill Bryson. Everything he writes makes me laugh. I wanted to read Bill Bryson humour about icons of England. This book contains short (1-3 page) essays about icons of England, which are lovely and thoughtful and illuminating, but NOT written by Bryson. The best part of the book for me was the short introductory passage written by Bill Bryson, which was only 6 pages. I was disappointed, but you may not be, if you clearly understand what you are buying.
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HASH(0x8fcbf804) von 5 Sternen Love the short story style 21. Dezember 2010
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I've always liked Bill Bryson's books, and have several of his earlier publications in hard-copy.

This was the Kindle Edition, and is a collection of short stories (in some cases only 2-3 pages long) of icons of the UK - whether these be dry-stone walls, village pubs or the iconic mailbox shown on the front cover. Each is by a different author (Bill only provides the introduction), so there are a variety of writing styles from the casual to the very formal.

For me (an UK ex-pat) an interesting commentary on the English countryside, and some of its more endearing (though in some cases quickly vanishing) features.
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HASH(0x8fcbf7bc) von 5 Sternen Brilliant and inspirational 22. August 2013
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Superb, this collection of essays is worth it alone for Eric Clapton's humble and heartfelt story. Here is are thoughts on trees, country houses, railway branch lines, rolling fields and many other icons of England.

I particularly enjoyed Tony Robinson's reminisces on Mick Aston and how Mick introduced archaeology to him, all the more poignant now, after the unexpected and sad passing of Professor Aston, a few months ago.

Ignore the bad reviews - Bill has done a wonderful job of editing this book. Sure, we all wish he would release a new book every year to make us laugh out loud and learn simultaneously. However, that would be impossible and in the meantime, console yourself with reading this. You can read it out of order, a few pieces at a time. Ponder the beauty, the nostalgia for childhood, the small everyday inclusions that make the country unique.

Highly recommended, inspires you to travel and explore England and to acknowledge the treasure it is for us all.
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HASH(0x8f9dbf84) von 5 Sternen Not Bill's Best Work 31. August 2010
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I'm a huge fan of Bill Bryson and must have read everything he's written at least twice. I bought "Icons of England" purely because it has his name on the cover (and yes, I know it is edited by, rather than written by Bill). Unfortunately it is disappointing - the articles are short on fact and long on reminiscing about the past. As such I suggest they are perhaps only really of interest to their writers. The articles' only saving grace is that each is very short, allowing the reader to quickly skip through each one and on to the next in the increasingly forlorn hope that one of them might be amusing or of interest. This didn't happen though and I got to the end of the book very quickly and with a certain sense of gullibility, based on the fact that this is one book that I erroneously judged by its cover! Sorry Bill, but I expect more from something with your name on it.
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HASH(0x8f9df0cc) von 5 Sternen An anthology of England 12. Juli 2012
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I didn't read the front cover properly and presumed this book was actually written by Bryson, whereas it is in fact edited by him. Not a problem if that's what you're expecting, but had I paid for this (it was a library book) I would have been disappointed, as others reviewing here have been.

The book is set out into approximately two page 'chapters' where each contributor(Eric Clapton, Jo Brand, Jonathon Dimbleby, Gabby Logan, Kevin Spacey etc.) describes something that endears them to England. Some I found interesting or emotive and others just bland. I like facts and history so the chapters I enjoyed the most were the informative writings about Mary Anning the 19th century fossil hunter, Hadrian's Wall and Britain being blessed with ancient trees (with "more 500-year-old trees than France and Germany combined" in Richmond Park alone!)

Although you can 'look inside' before buying on Amazon, the chapter titles don't always give much clue as to the content. Subjects include: urban childhoods; hares; cricket; family butchers; The Green Man; The Norfolk Broads and Pub signs (that comforting "rectangle, swinging free in wind or rain...where you will find the comforts of your local town or village" no matter how far from home you are.)

Bryson does contribute in his indomitably observational style to the book at the beginning, but it would have been more fun had he contributed more. No book about Britain would be complete without a mention of the weather though, in this case by Floella Benjamin who arriving from Trinidad in 1960 had never experienced the same extent of season changes and coldness! She encapsulates about the climate, what surely most of us feel about 'Blighty' in general. It's home, and we love and miss it when we're away for any length of time...even the coldness! ;-)

Incidentally all royalties from the book go to The Campaign to Protect Rural England.
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