Bill Bryson–perhaps the most genial living travel companion in print–will publish his first travel book in 15 years. The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island is due out in the UK this fall. It’s a follow-up of sorts, 20 years later, to Notes From a Small Island, which in 1995 made Bryson famous and beloved in England.
Bryson’s travel memoir A Walk in the Woods (1998)–about his journey hiking the Appalachian Trail–made him a star in America, too. (A Walk in the Woods can also be seen–in terms of establishing the contemporary walkabout genre–as a less gritty precursor to the massive success of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.) Bryson soon left the travel biz behind to explore nothing less than everything. Truly: he wrote the compulsively readable A Short History of Nearly Everything (2004), an accomplishment large enough to make an author’s career even if it were the only book he wrote. Expect Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island to quickly establish a perch on the bestseller list–and to delight Bryson’s legion of fans.