Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted. Down Under is the British title of a travelogue book about Australia written by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson. In the United States and Canada it was published titled In a Sunburned Country, a title taken from the famous Australian poem. In a Sunburned Country By BILL BRYSON Broadway. Read the Review But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On my first visit, some.

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Contains spoilers A wonderful read! And it’s particilarly in-your-face in his self-narrated audiobook. And if all that weren’t interesting enough, the locals are slightly mad. I look forward to moving there in a few months’ time.

There was no place in the world like it.

And guess boll is the mightiest killer of all? I found myself learning about parts of Australia unknown to me as well as discovering many new aspects of this huge continent while being entertained in a very amusing way.

I actually cut back on reading it when I got near the end because I loved it so much I didn’t want to finish! Okay, some of them do land up with decent jobs, but the problem is that there is still a huge amount of prejudice towards them. But mostly this is a very sunny book–in just about every way you can imagine.

In a Sunburned Country

Hearing Bryson on Aussie sports, cricket for example, is like hearing these Brit talking heads showing up on our financial TV networks expound on US politics, i. Bryson gets pissed off at rude and stupid people but is usually forgiving and self-depreciating. It is the only sport that shares its name with an insect. There are a couple of things that I probably should mention that come out of this book though, the first being the explorers. I liked it so much I wanted to go through it all as a book as well.

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While the photographer shoots, Bryson and his boogie board are dragged 40 meters down the beach in a rip. May 15, Pages.

True to his form, this book was written to be both entertaining and informative. Thus, I have gotten into coutnry habit of downloading a few audiobooks for the trip; and this year, Bill Bryson was my man. I, for one, had no idea that Australia teemed with such an amazing and unique class of flora and fauna.

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He can dispense with all pretense of coolness and write about his travels from a laid-back perspective. You get an abbreviated and frankly unfair exposure to Queensland and the North Territory. This travelogue of an American in Australia was hilarious.

Australia is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile, and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents. View all 14 comments. Surely there are few authors who could begin to tackle the scope of this giant hunk sunburnes land, but Bryson is a master writer, and he tackles Australia superbly well – with enthusiasm, insight and bucket loads of his wonderful self-deprecating humour.

Why am I only now discovering that it exists on its own submerged continent of Zealandia? Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path.


A really good read whether you’re planning a trip or just looking to enjoy BB’s hilariously entertaining anecdotes.


Australia is the only island that is also a continent, and the only continent that is also a country. Pack animals grew frequently crazed or lost the will to go on…. As I continued to read on in this book, I came to a comment that he made that struck me as odd because it really applied to the first half of this book, and so I will bipl which part does: Jul 05, Minutes. He settled in England inand worked in journalism until he became a full time writer.

While Bryson’s writing is entertaining and informative, his choice of places to visit and describe seems rather random and limited. I would say that Bryson traveled all over the country, but the thing coubtry that Australia is so huge, and there is so much here to explore, whether it be the struggles of the early explorers and colonists, or simply the natural beauty, that it would be impossible to do in a couple of trips, and from what I gathered from the book he was here for quite a while which suggests that his wife must be very supportive of him going off and gallivanting around the world.