In a Sunburned Country (Google eBook)

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Crown/Archetype, Sep 1, 2000 - Travel - 320 pages
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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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I enjoyed his story telling and writing. - Goodreads
I always feel my explanations are poor and inadequate. - Goodreads
Very entertaining and very easy to read. - Goodreads
Well researched, funny, thoroughly enjoyable... - Goodreads
Highly informative and humorous depiction of Australia - Goodreads
As usual his travel insights are hysterical. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Pat Anderson - Goodreads

Having just returned from Australia, this audio book was especially good for me, although I would recommend it for anyone. Read full review

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User Review  - Reggie - Goodreads

I did not like this book. The commentary is often demeaning and more often trivial. I had hoped I would learn positive things about Australia and the people the author encountered, but by midway through it, I got the sense that was not going to happen and so abandoned reading the book. Read full review

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Title Page
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19

Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Also by Bill Bryson Copyright Part Three Around the Edges

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About the author (2000)

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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