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

It sunburmed not a labor to pick up this book, and that is no small thing. However, if that is his honest reaction I should be glad for it.

Bryson writes with impeccable skill. This panicky assessment took place over the course of perhaps three seconds, then my mask and snorkel filled with water and I started choking. This is comfortable and clean and familiar. Having travelled briefly through parts of Queensland and New South Wales several years ago, I’d been waiting to catch up with Bryson’s book ever since.

Dogs don’t like me. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods.

Bryson balances mundane details Bill Bryson is on a short-list of go-to writers when I need a thoughtful but not too taxing book. Australia is fascinating, and Bill Bryson has done an excellent job of telling us why. He is right, Australia has the most poisonous critters on earth, and he names them, while I sat and wondered how the Australians managed to make it all these years without being poisoned, without dying.


I would be constantly reminded of them, and their routes, when I looked at a map to see the Stuart Highway heading up through the centre of Australia, and the Eyre Highway heading from Adelaide to Perth.

He manag Bill Bryson is not exactly known as an adventurer despite having written a few “travel guides”. And guess what is the mightiest killer of all?

I haven’t laughed so often or so hard since Gaiman and Pratchett’s Good Omens. He also avoids the cliches, never once mentioning vegemite or Men at Work.

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He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. Instead of doing some research and finding inn interesting, unique, and Australian to eat, he decides to ask some teenagers on the side of the road where he can go to get some Italian or Thai food. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I liked In a Sunburned Country and I don’t want to downplay Bryson’s hard work and excellent narratives.

It’s an island where the seasons are backwards, there’s a famous opera house, my ex husband’s ex girlfriend is expating it up there, and there are loads of gorgeous men running around shirtless, drinking Fosters and saying “No worries, mate” in a delicious Crocodile Dundee sort of accent.

Along with Bryson’s familiar humor, he manages to capture the vastness of the land, the people, the d In a Sunburned Country is what it is. But there hill plenty of stories of people successfully drinking their own urine to survive. Views Read Edit View history. The first part of the book mainly describes the journey taken by Bryson aboard the Indian Pacific railway from Sydney to Perth.


IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY by Bill Bryson | Kirkus Reviews

So, there you go. I want to visit Australia now! I already have 2 other books by Bill Bryson on hold at the library because this is definitely an author I’m curious to get much more familiar with. The writing is humorous, at times really insightful, and mostly always informative.

He seems to get a little frustrated with the idea that, for example, while he doesn’t have the space or time to describe all the nuances of the huge, barren bush country that comprises much of non-coastal Australia he’s essentially describing, you know, the bush country over and over again.


Oct 09, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: The book covers Australia’s history, natural wonders and weather patterns, a whole host of deadly critters found nowhere else in the world, some really bizarre people both past and present, and his own hilarious and harrowing experiences Down Under.

I guess that is why he finishes off with the Grey Nomads, retirees who sell up, buy a campervan, and simply spend their countrt years traveling across the sunbruned. Also by Bill Bryson.

Bryson travels around a country and gets drunk in hotel bars.