Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country

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Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country

Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country

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Those who read Bill Bryson’s travel books must end up in two minds about whether or not they would like to be his travelling companion for one of his journeys: or indeed, one of the people he meets, chats with, or whose conversations he overhears and records. I think my favourite episode in the whole book is when Bill and his increasingly tetchy companion drive around Darwin several times trying to find a hotel whose name is unaccountably different from the name it went by when he booked it.

From its defiantly dreary title onwards, Down Under feels like a journey taken at too great a speed on a road well-worn by other, more intrepid travellers, not to mention millions of ordinary, non-writing tourists. The author also supplies plenty of humor in the form of historical accounts of early explorers and settlers of Australia.His new number one Sunday Times bestseller is The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island. The laugh out loud passages on his introduction to cricket I applaud, the game makes as much sense to me as it did to Bill. For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. By beginning on the far Eastern area, to the Southeast,and then walking us through towns that vary in climate, style of living , and people themselves, this is a journey well worth taking.

I felt, when reading this book that here we have an author who's churning out one book after another, thinking he's found a winning formula when really it all gets a bit same-o.The Lost Continent (1989) was a rite of passage: when his father died it prompted him to discover the continent lost with his youth.

From ancient fossils on the West coast that can be found there living in small colonies, to the gold rush of 1849, the same time frame as the ones in the USA and Canada.You will get a sense of the enormity of the country, the central undeveloped land that larger than most countries and how lifeless it seems, but at the same time you discover life that has adapted to the extreme heat (140 degrees, F. Terence Blacker, in the Sunday Times, was more temperate, but still dismissed the book as a hack job: "For someone about to visit Australia, Down Under presents a perfect, accessible introduction to the country, its history and its people. Another travel book, A Walk in the Woods, has become a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson. From my experience, people rarely recognise themselves in books, and of course, the author can always change the names.



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