In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

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...Bill Bryson's lackluster chronicle of his travels Down Under, In a Sunburned Country, mostly sticks to the continent's spectacular tourist circuit ā€” Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, cities like Melbourne.
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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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About Bill Bryson

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BILL BRYSON's best-selling books include A Walk in the Woods, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and At Home. He lives in England with his wife and children.































Author Residence: Norfolk, England































Author Hometown: Des Moines, IA
 
Published September 1, 2000 by Broadway Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

...this travel narrative from veteran wanderer Bryson (Iā€™m a Stranger Here Myself, 1999, etc.) provides an appreciative, informative, and hilarious portrait of the land Down Under.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 05 2008

Many of the book's most interesting passages concern the natural wonders of Australia and the great difficulty of traveling through the country's loneliest regions.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 29 2008

The author of A Walk in the Woods draws readers in campfire-style, relating wacky anecdotes and random facts gathered on multiple trips down under, all the while lightening the statistics with infusions of whimsical humor.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Linda Gentile on Sep 27 2012

This is a dense book with much to wade through before the classic Bryson style finally started kicking in.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Sara Dowse on Aug 05 2008

But the most hilarious bits are about Bryson sending up himself. I can't remember a book that made me laugh out loud so often. Here he is enduring cricket...

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Megan Harlan on Jun 23 2008

...Bill Bryson's lackluster chronicle of his travels Down Under, In a Sunburned Country, mostly sticks to the continent's spectacular tourist circuit ā€” Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, cities like Melbourne.

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People

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Reviewed by People on Jul 24 2008

But too many pages are spent regurgitating history books and recounting forays into obscure museums, and too few are devoted to his often hilarious experiences with local culture...

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