Other Sellers on Amazon
In a Sunburned Country Paperback – Illustrated, May 15, 2001
|New from||Used from|
Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids
Discover delightful children's books with Amazon Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months — new Amazon Book Box Prime customers receive 15% off your first box. Learn more.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
"Vastly entertaining... If there is one book with which to get oriented before departure or en route to Australia, this is it."
—New York Times
From the Inside Flap
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.
- Publisher : Crown (May 15, 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0767903862
- ISBN-13 : 978-0767903868
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
My only complaint is that while reading the book on my Kindle, I was unable to take it with me to places where I would not be alone (e.g. clinic and dental waiting rooms, hairdresser's salon, concert hall foyer, Café or public transport), because I often burst into uncontrollable laughter, which might upset people near me and could even result in my removal to a department for the mentally disturbed.
After reading the book I began to hear of the tragic, devastating bushfires destroying much of the beauty Bryson describes, transforming the book into a sad reminder of that vast, unique continent.
I've been asked by Aussie friends what I thought of the book, as they enjoyed the heck out of it. that must say something. I'm really no closer to figuring them out, but that can hardly be Bryson's fault.
By Russell Stoewe on May 15, 2016
Reading this book provides a glimpse in Australia. It is a land of beauty, friendly people (for the most part), and mystery. If you’ve been to Australia you’ll appreciate everything Bryson experienced. For everyone else, read this book and then book your next flight to Australia.
Top reviews from other countries
His blend of cultural and historical information coupled with subtle humour and gentle ribbing is so infectious. He makes quite dry facts interesting. For example the history of Australia and random facts about the background of it's cities are so well delivered, and keep you wanting more.
His self deprecation is so endearing as he tells us about his lack of social success when eating alone in various hotels and restaurants and his interactions with the natives. I love his very honest descriptions of those he comes across minus the usual political correctness. With Mr Bryson we are told about the nation's quirks as well as hearing it praised.
For example he recounts a story sent to him by an Australian friend who has recently passed on about a family she knew of and the interpretation of such events by the families little girl. So funny.
Another example would be when he is describing the different unusual names of towns down under, even without comment he makes it funny in his relay of such information.
This book informs as much as it entertains and it will take you on an interesting and very funny journey through the country of Australia because Mr Bryson is a very fun and well informed travelling companion indeed.