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Deliciously funny, fact-filled and adventurous, In a Sunburned Country takes us on a grand tour of Australia. It's 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 (entirely unnoticed) have set off an atomic bomb on their 500,000 acre property in the great western desert.

Australia is the only island that is also a continent, and the only continent that is also a country. Its aboriginal people, a remote and mysterious race with a tragic history, have made it their home for millennia. And despite the fact that it is 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 planet's ten most deadly poisonous snakes, fluffy yet toxic caterpillars, sea shells 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.

Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. In a Sunburned Country offers the best of all possible introductions to what may well be the best of all possible nations. Even with those jellyfish.


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Published: Random House Publishing Group on May 15, 2012
ISBN: 9780385674539
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Not as funny as WitW but funny more often. Very informative.read more
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Excellent book that is very funny and subtly packed with good information. Bryson writes of his love of Australia as a BIG, beautiful, welcoming, and wonderfully strange country that is packed with undiscovered wonders around every corner. Having traveled there myself for an extended period of time, I would say that Bryson's overall experience, especially on a cultural level, synced up quite closely with mine.read more
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An account of Australia from this gifted if slightly wacky author. I like his point of viewread more
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Not as funny as WitW but funny more often. Very informative.
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Excellent book that is very funny and subtly packed with good information. Bryson writes of his love of Australia as a BIG, beautiful, welcoming, and wonderfully strange country that is packed with undiscovered wonders around every corner. Having traveled there myself for an extended period of time, I would say that Bryson's overall experience, especially on a cultural level, synced up quite closely with mine.
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An account of Australia from this gifted if slightly wacky author. I like his point of view
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Bill Bryson paints a charming picture of Australia. Emphasizing the remoteness of the country and the lack of attention the rest of the world gives to the culturally rich and interesting people that Aussie's are - I can't wait to go!
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Bill Bryson is at his hilarious best when he writes travel memoirs, and this is, in my opinion, one of his funniest. This is the kind of book where you stop every few pages, in tears, and read aloud a passage to whomever happens to be in the room so that they can share in the hilarity. In this book, Bryson explores Australia, a country where walking in your backyard is likely to kill you (between the poisonous spiders, snakes, and jellyfish, not to mention the crocs, sharks, and ever popular koalas -- watch out, they bite -- you really can't move in Australia without the likelihood of being eaten, apparently), but the people are crazy enough not to mind. I'm not sure that it made me want to go to Australia (I'm sorry, but how many deadly spiders was that again?) but it definitely made me long for the kind of madcap camaraderie that apparently grows when one attempts to drive across the Australian outback for fun. Highly recommended. Man, that Bryson is a stitch. :D
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I absolutely LOVED this book. It took me longer to read it than recent books, simply because I've been busy. But, whenever I picked up this book I would be engaged and eager to travel to Australia. Bryson's writing style is entertaining and his dead-pan humor had me frequently laughing out loud. The only thing that I disliked was how abruptly the book ended. I'm still scratching my head over that...
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