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. You would actively have to be looking for something to bite u, like run into the bushes and step on something. I would give In a Sunburned Country 3. 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. I would have flipped the fuck out and gotten out of the water immediately.

Bryson gets pissed off at rude and stupid people but is usually forgiving and self-depreciating.

In his last book, he turned his attention to science. He managed to combine important historical information about the continent’s discovery and colonization with chuckle-worthy stories of him freaking out on land and in the water alike. Yet he keeps repeating that “it’s a wonderful country. It has amazing wilderness and is the setting of beautiful movies; it exports talented actors, actresses and directors; it has that Great Barrier Reef thingy, which is apparently so wonderful that is is a Natural Wonder of the World; and it is home to the stunning Sydney Opera House.

After reading this book, I really want to travel wunburned Australia at some point. At times, Bryson paints incredible word pictures of the beauty of forests populated by unique creatures and plants. Bryson begins by emphasizing—and he really knows how to emphasize a point—how little Australia is discussed in the media. 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.


With the instinct of a trained reporter, Bryson focuses in wherever there is something unexplained, unknown, unclear, or even just poorly understood. In the end, he shares a very appealing and attractive country and brysn with us.

IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY by Bill Bryson | Kirkus Reviews

And if all that weren’t interesting enough, the locals are slightly mad. And, by the way, filled with creatures like snakes, insects, fish, crocs, lizards, etc that want to kill you or, at least, make your day very uncomfortable. Instead of being so freaking excited that he’s going to see some amazing sea creatures and plants, he whines about the “dangers” of rip tides, sharks, and poisonous jellyfish.

Anyway, the impression that I got from this book is that Bill Bryson absolutely loves Australia, bil honestly what is there not to love — sun, sand, wonderful beaches, lovely people, and a developed and peaceful country. I honestly cannot think of one person to whom I would not recommend this book.


sunburnes He’s funny more often than not, like when he describes the joys of tacky roadside attractions and his decision to trespass through a suburban backyard when he thinks a dog is chasing him snburned a park. Why am I only now discovering that it exists on its own submerged continent of Zealandia? But often Bryson runs up against a dead end, such as the disappearance of Australian Prime Minster, Harold Holt, who took a swim while in office, never to be seen again.

Him going to Australia It’s an island where the seasons are backwards, there’s a famous opera house, my ex husband’s ex girlfriend subburned 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.

While Bryson’s writing is entertaining and informative, his choice of places to visit and describe seems rather random and limited. It’s not often where you laugh out loud during a non fiction novel, but his fountry usually littered wi Bryson is one of my favorite non fiction authors, and his books cover such a range of topics, from Australia, to general history, the Apalacian Mountains, the beginnings of the English language.


Reading this book inspired me sunburndd write my own travel book. Refresh and try again. In short, it’s a unique place and I love it. At least he got out of the boat and into the water. Is this book going to be snarky Bill?

Sep 01, Pages. In a style similar to his book A Walk in the Woodsor William Least Heat-Moon’s Blue HighwaysBryson’s research brysob him to include many stories about Australia’s 19th-century nryson and settlers who suffered extreme deprivations, as well as details about its natural resources, culture, and economy. That being said, I did enjoy reading this somewhat unusual trek through Australia.

And I never would have known about it if Bill Bryson hadn’t traveled through it so thoroughly and written about it so eloquently.

This book is full of interesting and mind blowing facts about a huge continent that never came up in my studies at school. Down Under is the British title of a travelogue book about Australia written by best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson.

More Notes from a Small Island. Bryson writes with impeccable skill.

View all 13 comments. Australia, for those of you who have never been there, is one of the most colourful places on earth.

sunbured He researched many books and questioned many people in preparation for his visits to Australia. He keeps the text moving and harmonizes the personal and cultural with respect but without sanctimony. It is strikingly gorgeous though.