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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Return to Book Page. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.

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

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.

Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. Paperbackpages.

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Is this book same as “Down Under”? Allan Langdale Yes, same book.

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I first experienced this book as a book on tape, read by Bryson himself. It was just fantastic. I liked it so much I wanted to go …more Yes, same book. I liked it so much I wanted to go through it all as a book as well.

I would say that it’s still my favorite travel book by Bryson. You learn so much about this unique country’s history, geology, politics, and natural history; and yet it’s so much fun to read.

Reading this book inspired me to write my own travel book.


Is it as good as a walk in the woods? I found “In a Sunburned Country” to sunburnedd more of a …more “A Walk in the Woods” is funnier – I remember it as almost a pure humor book, utterly hilarious. I found “In a Sunburned Country” to be more of a straight book highlighting many notable features of Australia, dountry quite a few good laughs thrown in. So it’s either better or not as good, depending on what you’re looking for.

Aunburned all 8 questions about In a Sunburned Country…. Lists with This Book. Nov 13, Miranda Reads rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

Still, it does mean that everyone gives them lots of space. What an absolutely stunning endorsement. As with his other traveling books, Bill Bryson hip hops nill way across a country – visiting monuments and interviewing natives. We meet quirky ch 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.


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?

Apparently its easier to digest that way He also has quite a lot to say about Australians: They spend half of any conversation insisting that the country’s dangers are vastly overrated and that sunburnef nothing to worry about, and the other half xunburned you how six months ago their Uncle Bob was driving to Mudgee when a tiger snake slid sunnurned from under the dashboard and bit him vryson the groin, but that it’s okay now because he’s off the life support machine and they’ve discovered he can communicate with eye blinks.

To be fair, Bill Bryson does have plenty of good things to say about Australia. As he goes from town to town, he describes delicious sounding dishes and has a way with describing the atmosphere such that you feel like you are really there.

About halfway through the book, I did start to get a bit bored this book became a bit samey-samey with every town he visited. That being said, I did enjoy reading this somewhat unusual trek through Australia. Jul 02, Jason Koivu brysln it it was amazing Shelves: I love Bill Bryson.

Yep, it’s a full-blown, one-sided bromance. Bryson could write a book about the history of the individual rooms within the typical house and I would love it he did and I did! So, when I discovered he’d written about his experiences while traveling Australia, I knew I’d found my next good read! In a Sunburned Country takes in the Land Down-Under, from today traveling all the way back to its earliest historical findings.

You expect and get a look at modern Australia, its UK-convict days, Sydney countdy other cities, the bush, the outback, and dountry plight, trials and importance of the aborigines. All of the above also comes with a healthy dose of Bryson humor. It’s self-deprecating, it’s consciously delusional for comedy’s sunbufned, it’s honest and it gives me the chuckles.

I appreciate that he puts himself in awkward situations and really enjoy his description of scenes in which he is a participating victim. Australia has countless ways to kill a person, what with all its deadly animals, so there’s plenty of opportunity for hair-raising hilarity, especially considering Bryson’s the sort of guy who could get himself savaged by a hedgehog. Fun is fun and all, but in the end this book is about the learning, so if you have an interest in learning more about Australia I couldn’t recommend another book more highly.

The author has a love for learning, as well as the subject at hand, so the reader is treated to a veritable love-fest spewed all over the pages of In a Sunburned Country! View all 14 comments. Sep 10, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: Bill Bryson never seems to use the same approach to each of his books. Is this book going to be snarky Bill?

Is this going to be funny Bill? Is this going to be funny, yet informative Bill? Is this going to be snarky, yet nill Bill? I could go on, but my hands would start to cramp up with the unlimited combinations.

This one is reverential, informative, and mostly self-effacing humor Bill. 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. Australians are lovely people. I worked with a couple who were touring the United States and working at odd jobs along the way. When they were leaving, they gave me their contact information and invited me to visit at any time.


If they are reading this, my family will be down under in a week or so and plan to stay for about a month. So good onya, mates and crikey and stuff!! This was a buddy read with la doyenne of non-fiction buddy reads: View all 6 comments.

I developed a taste for Bill Bryson last year when I read his Ib History of Nearly Everythingan ambitious attempt to trace the history of life, the universe and everything in just pages. While many of the scientific discoveries outlined in the book were a little beyond me, I thoroughly enjoyed Bryson’s descriptions of the larger-than-life personalities behind the discoveries, which really brought the science described to life.

So when I found out that he had also written a travelogue of I developed a taste for Bill Bryson last year when I read his Short History of Nearly Everythingan ambitious attempt to trace the history of life, the universe and everything in just pages.

So when I found out that he had also written a travelogue of a journey across the country I may soon call home — Australia — I simply had to read it. Australia, for those of you who have never been there, is one of the counry colourful places on earth. It has a history so bizarre that it makes China’s seem normal by comparison.

It has insane expanses of the most arid desert imaginable, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, where suhburned you can’t swim due to the prevalence of sharks, crocs, box jellyfish, stingrays and murderous rip currents.

It houses beyond a shadow of a doubt the world’s most interesting flora and fauna, including twelve-foot earthworms and living fossils. And you thought kangaroos were exotic. And if all that weren’t interesting enough, the locals are slightly mad. They eat meat pies floating in pea soup, are crazy bi,l cricket and consider shorts and knee-length socks proper attire for middle-aged bus drivers. In short, it’s a unique place and I love it.

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I look forward to moving there in a few months’ time. Bill Bryson also loves Australia, and it shows.

While he likes to remind his readers of the country’s amazing collection of deathly 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. By describing his own travels and those of early settlers, explorers and naturalists, he provides the reader with an appreciation for how vast and unwelcoming the country is, and how utterly unique.

He provides background information on events of which few non-Australians will have heard such as the fact that a nuclear bomb may have been detonated in the outback without anyone noticing, and kn an Australian Prime Minister once vanished, never to be seen againwaxes lyrical on trees and animals so bizarre that you’ll want to hop on the first plane to Australia to check them out for yourself again, kangaroos are only the beginningexplains why you should go and see Ayers Rock even if you’ve already seen hundreds of photos of it, and intersperses all this useful information with a winning combination of self-deprecating humour, bizarre anecdotes, absurd dialogue and entertaining accounts of encounters with fellow travellers and locals.

The resulting book is not only completely recognisable to anyone who has visited Australia, but hugely appealing to anyone who hasn’t. I dunburned anyone can read this book without wishing to book a flight to Oz immediately afterwards.

If I have any complaint about Down Underit is that there is too little of sunbjrned. While Bryson’s writing is entertaining and informative, his choice of places to visit and describe seems rather random and limited.

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