Down Under by Bill Bryson

Down Under

By Bill Bryson

  • Release Date: 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Essays & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 52 Ratings
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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…


  • Very good

    By Hcbchfjnfncjcjf
    Bills humour is dry so he gets australia
  • Interesting read, however....

    By Belindajoy
    Although Bill assures us that, interestingly on countless occasions, he loves Australia and Australians, the book contains a subtle condescending tone and some rather broad generalisations about the Australian character, which detracted from my enjoyment in reading this book.
  • Down under, down under

    By Motherroad
    Thanks Bill for the best book I've read in years! I'm an Aussie and loved it all, and laughed myself silly at times .. Like a cut snake! Recommend this to all of us who like to take the Micky out of themselves, and to those who need to let go and see Australia and Auatralians as they really are. Thanks a million Bill
  • Down under

    By Wendoss9
    The funniest book ever - I had to read it twice,