This cover of Bill Bryson's "The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain."
Doubleday via AP
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Bill Bryson loves Britain.With a touch of embarrassment, Bryson admits that he is no fan of real ale, the cask-conditioned beer that for many is iconically English.Despite this cultural faux pas, Bryson is Britain's favorite American, a cuddly curmudgeonly national uncle.Bryson first wrote about Britain two decades ago in "Notes From a Small Island". At the time, he worried about how British readers would react to an outsider's gentle ribbing. Bryson stresses that many of the things that infuriate him are not unique to Britain.Bryson spent five years as head of the Campaign to Protect Rural England trying to clean up the trash – without much success, he says.Bryson says Britain today is "a lot better in almost every way" than the country he first visited in the early 1970s: richer, more modern, more diverse.
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