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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He asked his Aussie tour guide what it was, and he said “nah mate, you don’t want to touch that, it may be uncomfortable”. 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.

To ask other readers questions about In a Sunburned Countryplease sign up. In a Sunburned Country. Stinging ants swarmed over them wherever they rested. Their amazing capacity for survival in difficult environments. As with his other traveling books, Bilp Bryson hip hops his way across a country – visiting monuments and interviewing natives. That might be saying something considering that around eighty percent of Australia is desert, but outside of that eighty percent you have a variety of landscapes and climate that is very bgyson to beat.


These were some of my favourite bits in the book: I could go on, but my hands would start to cramp up with the unlimited combinations. He didn’t read the warning sign on the beach. Along with Bryson’s familiar humor, he btyson to capture the vastness of the land, the people, the diversity of nature, the beauty of this country.

Dec 28, RandomAnthony rated it liked it. When Bryson is lucky, this leads him to some neglected piece of history, such as the impressive career of aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.

Or that so many of them can kill you in their own special way. It is basically at the far flung reaches of the world, further away than pretty much anywhere well, not as far flung as Tristan da Cunhasurrounded by water, and the only major metropolises lie in the South-Eastern corner of the country.

It has a history so bizarre that it makes China’s seem normal by comparison. You learn so much about this unique country’s history, geology, politics, and natural history; and yet it’s so much fun to read.

I had no choice; I had to give this five stars. The shore rip runs south to north, unlike the rip further out which runs north to south.

I understand now, why Bill Bryson is so popular, because this non-fictional account of his trip to Australia is wonderful and humouristic from beginning till end.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. A bonus is the glossary he provides in the back of the book for British words like “dual carriageway” and “naff.

I found “In a Sunburned Country” to be more of a straight book highlighting many notable features of Australia, with quite a few good laughs thrown in. Bill loves Australians, but he hates the fact that the country is over-run with hordes of killer spec Bill Bryson never seems to use the same approach to each of his books. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. First of all I’m here to tell you that non-fiction is normally not my bag. Aug 08, Roy Lotz rated it really liked it Shelves: It is perhaps a little dated now, he traveled there in It’s all quite interesting.

I love Bill Bryson. I appreciate that he puts himself in awkward situations and really enjoy his description of scenes in which he is a participating victim.

In a Sunburned Country

The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I’d bet even native Aussies could learn a thing or five they didn’t know about their country. True to his form, this book was written to be both entertaining and informative.