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Down Under - Bill Bryson

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Forget Crocodile Dundee, Castlemaine XXXX and the 2000 Sydney Olympics - Bill Bryson is the man to put Australia on the map.

Bill Bryson has traversed the length and breadth of Australia to bring us his first major new book since the bestselling A Walk in the Woods. Bryson is a household name, synonymous with laugh-out-loud humour, uncontrolled sniggering and spontaneous outbursts of chortling. Down Under will reinforce his reputation as the best-loved travel writer and humorist of our day. No worries!What greeted Bill Bryson when he visited Australia was rather different to what he'd imagined. It is a country that exists on a vast scale.

It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most dessicated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents, and still it teems with life, a large proportion of it quite deadly!A country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay one out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting but GO for one! One may be fatally chomped by sharks, or crocodiles, or carried hopelessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback.Bill Bryson ignored such dangers, and promptly fell in love with the country! And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, the food excellent, the beer always cold, the sun nearly always shines. Life doesn't get much better than this!

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4.0

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Hilarious
  • Informative
  • Well Written

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  • Too Informative

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I saw a boy on the train on my way to work reading this book. He caught my eye because he was attractive and European but then what got my attention was the fact he was laughing while reading a book that obviously declared it was about Australia. Curiosity got the better of me so I looked it up on line and bought it, and I was not disappointed. I have learnt a lot about my country, my ancestors of the Aboriginal race and laughed practically all the way through it.
Fantastic read especially if you are considering travelling around this beautiful country.

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5.0

Best read for those natice to Down Under

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    This book is fantastic! I have read it twice and will read again. So good to read about my country in Bryson's book. Even better because I know this country. I lent it to my grandmother who absolutely loved it!

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    5.0

    A Great read!!

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        "'Bryson is the perfect travelling companion...when it comes to travel's peculiars the man still has no peers'" - The Times

        "'Bill Bryson is a very talented writer and an enormously funny and perceptive one. He is an artist who needs a big canvas. Australia has provided this. He's painted a masterpiece in travel literature'" - Globe & Mail Toronto

        "'He arrives at his destination, finds a hotel, checks in, meanders around the neighbourhood, visits any museums or public monuments he happens to encounter, has a couple of drinks, eavesdrops on a conversation or two, then goes to bed. A year later, people on three continents are hospitalised as a result of ruptures caused by laughing so hard at his account of the experience'" - The Age, Melbourne

        "'The thing that Bryson most loves about Australia - its 'effortlessly dry, direct way of viewing the world' - is, in fact, his own. They're a perfect fit'" - The New York Times Book Review

        Bill Bryson

        Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. Settled in England for many years, he moved to America with his wife and four children for a few years ,but has since returned to live in the UK. His bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent, Notes From A Small Island, A Walk In The Woods and Down Under. His acclaimed work of popular science, A Short History Of Nearly Everything, won the Aventis Prize and the Descartes Prize, and was the biggest selling non-fiction book of the decade in the UK.

        Visit Bill Bryson's Booktopia Author Page


        ISBN: 9780552997034
        ISBN-10: 055299703X
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 432
        Published: August 2001
        Country of Publication: GB
        Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8  x 2.6
        Weight (kg): 0.3
        Edition Number: 1