Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country
It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still Australia teems with life – a large portion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else.
Ignoring such dangers – and yet curiously obsessed by them – Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted and unfailingly obliging: their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water; the food is excellent; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn’t get much better than this...
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Great, entertaining book. It seems to me Bill has a weakness for museums but you can easily overlook that. His sense of humour is priceless. I was trying to look for any other "travelogues" about Australia but I have not found any half as good as this one. Kudos, Bill!