Transworld is reissuing Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island (August, £8.99) with artwork to match the author’s new title, The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island (October, £20).
The Road to Little Dribbling, Bryson’s first travel book for 15 years, tells the story of a brand new journey he made around the UK, 20 years after the original publication of Notes from a Small Island in 1995. The new artwork was inspired by the iconic posters of Frank Newbould and John Hassall which advertised British seaside resorts as holiday destinations in the post-war period, after Bryson mentioned his fondness for them to Marianna Velmans, publishing director at Transworld. Art director Claire Ward then briefed illustrator Neil Gower, who has previously designed the artwork for Bryson’s One Summer (2013). The final jackets are pictured, accompanied by Gower’s sketches for the two covers.
Ward said: “We were looking for a nostalgic feel with quirky elements but one that also reflected the depth and complexity of Bill’s writing.”
Gower added: “Usually I prefer to work after having read the whole book but in this instance I had just the briefing and some chapter outlines to go on.”
This is the first reissue of Notes from a Small Island since its paperback release in 1996. That edition has sold 944,146 copies since Nielsen BookScan records began in 1998.