With the Olympics approaching, books on Australia abound. Still, Bryson’s lively take is a welcome recess from packaged, staid guides. The author of A Walk in. 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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I swapped it with this one as, for uknown reasons, GR wouldn’t show the sleeve. The writing is humorous, at times really insightful, and mostly always informative. When Bryson is lucky, this leads him to some neglected piece of history, such as the impressive career of aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. People come to Australia to experience the life style, the wonder, to cruise the harbour, and to visit the beaches.

The point is, we have to spend a goodly number of hours in the car.

Now, before we hear Deirdre’s response to me as I stood there, vulnerable and abraded, shivering, nearly naked and half drowned, let me just quote from her subsequent article in the Herald’s weekend magazine: Let Bill Bryson give you brtson entertaining and educational tour. Actually, there are probably quite a few Australians in my position, well, not quite because if they can afford to go to Europe then they can certainly afford to go to Uluru.

What’s neat about Australias outback is since it’s largely untouched, and since the continent doesn’t have much in the way of geological activity – no volcanoes or things like that – the fossil records are wonderful. I learned a great deal about London in the years of Shakespeare. Okay, so I’m not a travel writer, but Bill Bryson is, and with In a Sunburned Country he does a great job of making Australia sound like the most fascinating place that a person could visit — he hit all of the major sunbirned, a few off-the-beaten-path towns, and remote tourist destinations like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru; humorously and exhaustively describing each from a tourist’s perspective.


In a Sunburned Country

I now wish I’d read it before I coutry or even during the trip itself. And yet it teems with life in numbers unaccounted. 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!

Bryson delivers with In a Sunburned Country.

In reality the are, and our treatment of them is nothing short of shameful. As Bryson does, he begins his bumbling travels, managing to make even simple tasks like finding a hotel or falling asleep in a car seem Homeric.

Sunburnd Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. As many as a third of those species remain entirely unknown to science. We meet quirky characters and Australian wildlife galore – from the poisonous snakes to the brutal kookaburra Incidentally, did you know that the kookaburra likes to bash its prey until their bones have been pulverized?


Dogs that have not moved from the sofa in years will, at the sniff of me passing outside, rise in fury and hurl themselves at shut windows. I worked with a couple who were touring the United States and working at odd jobs along the way.

I feel I really got a billl of the flavour of Australia.

A really good read whether you’re planning a trip or just looking to enjoy BB’s hilariously entertaining anecdotes. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, suunburned it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.


Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. View all 4 comments.

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After reading, I see that people die more from car accidents there, but I imagine that if they ran into a kangaroo they could get kicked to death. Sep 01, Pages Buy.

See and discover other items: I get that he’s trying to be funny, but he comes off as a prentious douchebag instead. The United States of Australia: To ask other readers questions about In a Sunburned Countryplease sign up. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. Another close encounter was with a bluebottle jellyfish.

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They eat meat pies floating in pea soup, are crazy about cricket and consider shorts and knee-length socks proper attire for middle-aged bus drivers. It is more for entertainment than a guide book. I, for one, had no idea that Australia teemed with such an amazing and unique class of flora and fauna. Bryson faces a curious paradox when addressing Australia. Bryson balances mundane details with broader musings about wherever he’s visiting.

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