Travels from 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…
"Bryson makes you laugh out loud...Down Under is filled with quirky stories'," - Sunday Express
"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
"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
198mm x 127mm