Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country

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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. A former Chancellor of Durham University, he was President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for five years, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society. His new number one Sunday Times bestseller is The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island. Also, his insatiable thirst for detail finds him, as ever, ferreting out the who, the why and the where to enhance the reader's knowledge of the book's subject matter. He reviewed the new Bryson alongside another book about Australia, Michael Davie's Anglo-Australian Attitudes.His bestselling books include The Road to Little Dribbling, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, One Summer and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.

There is no shortage of idiots - which is why Down Under will sell thousands more copies than Anglo-Australian Attitudes. The rest of this section is devoted to the author's account of what he considers to be Civilized Australia, with accounts of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, and many countryside towns in between. This section of the book starts off with historical accounts from the time when Australia was discovered and goes on to illustrate how the Australians built a dynamic and prosperous society from a modest and unpropitious beginning. 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. Unsurprisingly I haven’t visited many of the wonderful places in Bills book but have a hunger to do so next time I go and will plan accordingly.Bryson's books seem so simple - solipsistic narrator, quick tour of country, lots of anecdotes, dash of humour, a few all-embracing conclusions - that some reviewers dismiss the skill with which they are put together. When I later checked this hotel out, I discovered that several travellers had indeed given it a very low star rating with a mixture of scornful comments.

With an ego the size of Ayer's Rock, he seems to think God's Own Country needs the help of a patronising American. The Lost Continent (1989) was a rite of passage: when his father died it prompted him to discover the continent lost with his youth. I doubt Bryson would top anyone's list of people to be stuck in a lift with, and yet you can't help hanging on his every word and ascribing it the status of the gospel truth. It was also published as part of Walk About, which included Down Under and another of Bryson's books, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, in one volume. nº 2:: England's lake district: beauty besieged; Lions of darkness; Students with a mission: NASA puts the can do project in orbit; Pollution in the former U.He reserves his funniest writing for those occasions when he encounters total frustration and annoyance. 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. je relirai ce livre avec plaisir et intérêt, j'ai découvert que l'auteur est assez prolixe pour d'autres voyage-reportages ! The people are cheerful, extroverted, 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. 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.

However, when Bryson switches his attention to our Antipodean cousins, all of that angst immediately dissipates, and you can sit back and enjoy his particular talent for finding nuanced little stories in among the detritus of life and bringing them to life with his sparkling and witty prose.Another travel book, A Walk in the Woods, has become a major film starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson. My nonfiction books 'Paranormal Warwickshire', 'Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire' and 'A-Z of Warwick' are published by Amberley Publishing. First, the downside - and the crucial dividing line that distinguishes true travel writing from a superior tourist guide. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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