With the Olympics approaching, books on Australia abound. Still, Bryson’s lively take is a welcome recess from packaged, staid guides. The author of A Walk in. 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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If there is one book with which to get oriented before departure or en route to Australia, this is it. 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.

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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 conutry. 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 bryyson 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 bikl found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. So much so that he has even married one. Now it is high time that Bryson returns to the States along the lines of Odyssey, who sunbhrned home in Ithaca twenty years after the decade-long Trojan War and another decade of travails.

In retrospection of the memories collected on his beloved adopted homeland, Bryson decides to take a valedictory jaunt around the island small but big enough to nurture him with a wealth of culture and a bounty of humanity. And he does it on public transportation and by hiking along with his trademark razor-sharp wits, intractably keen intelligence, and his usual touchy-feely way of observing people and things that either irk or pique him. All of it comes to fruition in this highly amusing and genially forthright travel memoir.

You will be surprised to find out that the British think that the cereals are their invention. You will be overawed by the ubiquitous hedgegrows dated back to Anglo-Saxon times embroidering on the British landscape. Bryson will also take us for a ride in a London cab driven by an affably jocular cabbie who has to pass the Knowledge Test to memorize almost everywhere in the City of London.

But London is not his demarcation of traveling. Bryson will further come along with you to Bournemouth, Exeter, Liverpool, which is his favorite city, Manchester, and even up north to Scotland all by train or coach, and by walking. With his truculent feistiness, irrepressible inquisitiveness, and scintillating sense billl humor fabulously ingrained in his choice of the apropos words and jovial descriptions devoid of malice, Bryson is a cool cicerone, and your excursion will never be a bore.

The book seems bipl be primarily aimed for British readers who might be curious about what a foreigner would think of them and their country as a whole.

But this kind of cultural barrier is kindly tackled by Bryson by providing you with glossary of the British terms in the end bil, the book. I have read other books by Bryson because of the same reason that induced me to select this book: He may appear a grumpy American man, but he has a heart to feel and see milk of human kindness in every quotidian thing or nondescript person by using the most appropriate words in wonderfully lucid expressions.

There is a charm in his writing that will make you an admirer of his writings, and this book is no exception. Well this book completely derailed my reading list for the summer.

I was supposed to be catching up on Criminal Justice texts and memorizing terms from Barron’s Law Dictionary Instead, I boll Notes from a Small Island and things counfry out of control from there. It is literally the first time in my life that reading a book made me laugh out loud and uncontrollably, to TEARS.


This gem was highly recommended by English friends as a must-read before I make the move to the UK coountry my year of study abroad this fall.

Not even halfway through the book, I decided to order more of his books right away in order to have them ready when I finished with this one. That is how my Bill Bryson binge began. Currently I am on my third book by order of what arrives in the mail first called A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Bryson is merciless in his observations of British towns and the British in general, but it’s all in the spirit of that endearingly cynical, self-deprecating, quintessential British humour. You never get the sense that he is trying too hard or being pretentious, either. A bonus is the glossary he provides in the back of the book for British words like “dual carriageway” and “naff.

Seriously recommend this read if you’re an Anglophile or just enjoy a good, fun read. After living in the UK for a number of years, Bryson decided to take a fresh look at his adopted country and travels throughout England, Wales, and Scotland before he relocated his family to the U. Having read “Little Dribbling” first, I came at “Notes” with a genuine curiosity about what his original insights would be like — and how his perspective had changed.

In addition to gaining an appreciation of these qualities, it was interesting to see how Bill Bryson had grown as a person and author. All in all a rewarding purchase — and a great antidote to those times when daily life gets a bit too heavy to handle.

I learned a great deal about London in the years of Shakespeare. Descriptions of the environment, the theater, and the intrigue of individuals involved were vivid. I am interested in the development of the English language. There was a great deal of new information about word usage, spelling and meanings of words.

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