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…
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A great book which gives a modern insight into contemporary and historic Australia
How fortunate are we to be able to read books of this magnitude. I takes such a long time to read every page because I continually elope to Google Earth Street View to see for myself the wonders he describes, albeit, GE SV is thirty years down the road from when he wrote the book...only to find....not a lot has changed!
Bryson doing what he does best.