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"Everything, it seems, is interesting to Bill Bryson. The marvel is that he can make it all interesting to us. Three billion year old fossilized organisms off the western coast; a giant lobster on the side of a highway; empty, forbidding spaces... In a Sunburned Country introduces Australia, a giant, mostly barren continent in the Indian Ocean populated by 18 million people, or, as Bryson points out, less people than are born each year in China. Like the rest of his writing, his new book is informative, funny, and almost impossible to put down." Dave Weich, Powells.com

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Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion up, down, and over the Appalachian Trail (well, most of it) resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. Now he has traveled across the world and all the way Down Under to Australia, a shockingly under-discovered country with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.

In a Sunburned Country is his report on what he found there — a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity.

Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. Despite being the most desiccated, infertile, and climatically aggressive of all inhabited continents, it teems with life. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else: sharks, crocodiles, the ten most deadly poisonous snakes on the planet, fluffy yet toxic caterpillars, seashells that actually attack you, and the unbelievable box jellyfish (don't ask). The dangerous riptides of the sea and the sun-baked wastes of the outback both lie in wait for the unwary. It's one tough country.

Bill Bryson adores it, of course, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond the beaten tourist path. Here is a place where interesting things happen all the time, from a Prime Minister lost — yes, lost — while swimming at sea to Japanese cult members who may have set off an atomic bomb — entirely unnoticed on their 500,000-acre property in the great western desert.

Wherever he goes (and Bryson goes just about everywhere) he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging — the beaming products of a land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine. On occasion the Aborigines, a remote and mysterious race with a tragic history, make a haunting appearance in this book. But by and large Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.

Review:

"He glorifies the country, alternating between awe, reverence and fear, and he expresses these sentiments with frankness and candor, via truly funny prose and a conversational pace that is at once unhurried and captivating." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Bryson...is one heck of a witty, intelligent, wry, opinionated, frequently salacious, and always entertaining writer whose books are a treat not to be denied." Library Journal

Review:

"His books are, quite simply, among the best and most rewarding travel literature ever written — head, shoulders, and torso above most of the competition — and this new title is a guaranteed winner." David Pitt, Booklist

Review:

"Bryson is a real traveler, the kind of guy who can be entertained by (and be entertaining about) a featureless landscape scattered with rocks the color of bad teeth. Fortunately for him and for us, there's a lot more to Australia than that." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"What the indefatigable, keenly observant Bryson did a few years back for the Applachian Trail with A Walk in the Woods...he does now for the generally undiscovered land Down Under." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Vastly entertaining....If there is one book with which to get oriented before departure or en route to Australia, this is it." New York Times

Synopsis:

A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. 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.

About the Author

BILL BRYSON'S many books include, most recently, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, as well as A Walk in the Woods, Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island, and Mother Tongue. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951, he lived in England for almost two decades. He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and their four children.

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jksquires, April 10, 2013 (view all comments by jksquires)
I just discovered Bill Bryson by accident last year, when I picked up a copy of his excellent "Home" and was hooked. In a Sunburned Country was my sixth Bryson read, and I've yet to be disappointed. In felt, I remarked to my sister that I felt sad when I finished this one, feeling I'd just said a fond goodbye to my favorite traveling companion. Bryson has a way of taking you with him, side by side, every step of the way on his literary journeys. You also learn a very great deal from every one of his books, but the acquisition of knowledge is not at all taxing--it comes with great pleasure. I now know more about Australian settlement, history and climate, along with all the variety of strange flora and fauna. He's also a very funny man! Goodbye for now, Bill, but I can hardly wait to join you on the next trip--in fact, I've already ordered the book!
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Suzanne Covington, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Suzanne Covington)
If you've never been to Australia, or even if you have, this book offers a funny and insightful look at the country. Bill Bryson's powers of observation give the reader a sense of being there with a witty travelling companion who is just a bit cynical. He explores Australia encountering major landmarks and cities, wonderful people, small towns, and endless miles of bush country. Throughout his journey, Bryson conveys to the reader his deep appreciation of all the unique things that comprise the "Sunburned Country."
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glembrey, January 29, 2010 (view all comments by glembrey)
A funny, informative, thoughful book wonderfully read by the author himself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767903868
Author:
Bryson, Bill
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Schweid, Richard
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Australia/Oceania - Australia
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Journeys
Subject:
Australia Description and travel.
Subject:
Bryson, Bill - Journeys - Australia
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Insects & Spiders
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, Enlarged
Series Volume:
88
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 halftones
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 208 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767903868 Reviews:
"Review" by , "He glorifies the country, alternating between awe, reverence and fear, and he expresses these sentiments with frankness and candor, via truly funny prose and a conversational pace that is at once unhurried and captivating." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Bryson...is one heck of a witty, intelligent, wry, opinionated, frequently salacious, and always entertaining writer whose books are a treat not to be denied." Library Journal
"Review" by , "His books are, quite simply, among the best and most rewarding travel literature ever written — head, shoulders, and torso above most of the competition — and this new title is a guaranteed winner."
"Review" by , "Bryson is a real traveler, the kind of guy who can be entertained by (and be entertaining about) a featureless landscape scattered with rocks the color of bad teeth. Fortunately for him and for us, there's a lot more to Australia than that." Kirkus Reviews
"Review" by , "What the indefatigable, keenly observant Bryson did a few years back for the Applachian Trail with A Walk in the Woods...he does now for the generally undiscovered land Down Under."
"Review" by , "Vastly entertaining....If there is one book with which to get oriented before departure or en route to Australia, this is it."
"Synopsis" by , A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. 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.

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