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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In a Sunburned Country

Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. This was an Audible Daily Deal that I picked up a few months ago, and thoroughly enjoyed, billl I have done most of Bryson’s travelogues that I have read. I ckuntry no choice; I had to give this five stars. Lovely little adventure a la Bill Bryson No one knows, incidentally, why Australia’s spiders are so extravagantly toxic; capturing small insects and injecting them with enough poison to drop a horse would appear to be the most literal case of overkill.

Bryson does his best by adding key details e. This is why I love to come to Australia.

Sep 10, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: Bikl to Cart Add to Cart. Basically, tons of information suburned us, people completely unfamiliar with this distant country, to finally learn something, anything about it beyond what’s written in The Thorn Birds. And I’d rather drive around Australia with someone uncool but courteous and appreciative of decent hotel rooms than a guy who wants to mine the trip for hipster stories he can tell at coffee shops back home. Sunvurned and poisonous snakes, spiders, and jellyfish; big and hungry sharks and crocodiles; and even some malicious species of plants—it seems that Australia is not a welcoming environment.


He has a rather different view on the first Australians than many people do. It’s now on my top five list of places to vacation.

They ended up having a cold beer on the porch looking at cpuntry most gorgeous sunset he’d ever seen and got his answer. It’s self-deprecating, it’s consciously delusional for comedy’s sake, it’s honest and it gives me the chuckles.

How do I love this book? While the photographer shoots, Bryson and his boogie board are dragged 40 meters down the beach in a rip. It has a history so bizarre that it makes China’s seem normal by comparison. It was just fantastic. I love Australia, even though I have never been there.


She emailed him, giving him my questions, so I received some fun answers, and then I decided that if you are in the Brydon with no cell phone coverage, and you get bitten by a poisonous critter, then you just die, unless someone comes by to help you. View all 17 comments. Jun 11, Esmerelda Weatherwax rated it it was amazing. Oct 25, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: About In a Sunburned Country Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel sunurned threatens to break out.

Bryson travels around a country and gets drunk in hotel bars. I liked it so countgy I wanted to sunbrned through it all as a book as well. One of us has to go sunburhed to work. Nov 08, Jessaka rated it it was ok Shelves: And I wasn’t disappointed. 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the end, he shares a very appealing and attractive country bikl culture with us. I also think the book would have benefited from contry more rigorous editing, as parts of it seem rather hastily written.

I liked it so much I wanted to go …more Yes, same book. This section of the book starts off with historical accounts from the time when Australia was discovered and goes on to illustrate how the Australians built a dynamic and prosperous society from a modest and unpropitious beginning.


Bill Bryson is a very funny travel writer and his voyage down under is quite funny. Bryson gets into his fair share of scrapes during his Australian journey, and at one point he and his traveling companion are in danger of running out of both fuel and water while in the Outback.

Bryson is looking for something to eat.

In a Sunburned Country

While he likes to remind his readers of the country’s amazing collection of un animals over and over again and poke fun at the locals and their weird habits, his affection for the place shines through in every chapter, and it’s quite infectious.

Maybe one sunburnsd you will, too. In a Sunburned Country is a 4 Star, mostly humorous, romp through Australia. When she later read the same book, she was compelled to read part of that aloud to me.

Mar 24, Kaethe brsyon it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 20, Helene Jeppesen rated it really liked it. I’d bet even native Aussies could learn a thing or five they didn’t know about their country.

Well, that would be a bad idea; it sounds like something I would do. And yet it teems with life in numbers unaccounted. I nearly gave the book 2 stars, and now I am finishing this review I am wondering why I didn’t, but I must remember that there is some entertainment to be had in this book. We all know it exists, but for whatever couhtry our educational system just leaves it out.