7th September 1995 - Bill Bryson publishes 'Notes from a Small Island'

Bill Bryson - Notes from a Small IslandOn this day in 1995 Bill Bryson published ‘Notes from a Small Island’[1].

The book is a diary of a trip that Bryson took around the UK in the early 1990s. It was very popular.

Mr Bryson said Salisbury Cathedral

is the single most beautiful structure in England and the Close around it the most beautiful space.

Bryson on Salisbury Museum:

The Salisbury Museum is outstanding and I urge you to go there at once

On what was LunnPoly:
In the centre of town, there stood a small building occupied by Lunn Poly travel agency. Upstairs the structure was half-timbered and quietly glorious, downstairs, between outsized sheets of plate glass covered with handwritten notices of cheap flights to Tenerife and Malaga, the facade had been tiled, tiled with a mosaic of little multi-toned squares that looked as if they had been salvaged from a King’s Cross toilet.


[1] Publication date is given by Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Notes-Small-Island-Bill-Bryson/dp/0385405340/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1366809309&sr=8-2


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