Written by Bill Bryson

Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Pages: 288
Genre: Travel, Nonfiction, Humour
Published: 1992-02-18
Original Language: English

Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before. Whether braving the homicidal motorist of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.

Read in English
Rating: 4/5
Review: Neither Here nor There was a very little bit of a let-down after having read Notes from a Big Country, though I’ve realised since that this book is more typical of Bill Bryson. I got quite a bit of self-indulgent entertainment through laughing at my country when Bryson started his adventure in Norway, though the book went a little downhill from there. However, I recalibrated, and started enjoying this book for what it was, rather than what I expected it to be. Overall a very enjoyable travel-diary.