At HomeFriday, 19 August 2011
I’ve often said that some of the best travel books are about staying home. Check Lonely Planet’s A House Somewhere for proof of that view.
Bill Bryson’s latest book rambles around his old house in the English county of Norfolk. It’s an old church rectory, built in 1851 and Bill takes us from room to room around the house, musing about what went on in the different rooms and making frequent often lengthy excursions along the way. In fact the excursions are often so lengthy you almost forget what the original idea was. But no matter, his books are always interesting and when we ramble off to study Charles Darwin coming up with the theory of evolution, Gustave Eiffel building his famous tower or assorted English noblemen (and women) behaving outrageously the results are always interesting.