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Author Bryson, Bill, author

Title Down under / Bill Bryson
Edition New edition
Published London : Black Swan, 2001


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Description 426 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
regular print
Summary It was as if I had privately discovered life on another planet, or a parallel universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely different. I can't tell you how exciting it was. Insofar as I had accumulated my expectations of Australia at all in the intervening years, I had thought of it as a kind of alternative southern California, a place of constant sunshine and the cheerful vapidity of a beach lifestyle, but with a slightly British bent - a sort of Baywatch with cricket...' Of course, what greeted Bill Bryson was something rather different. Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale. It is the world's sixth largest country and its largest island. It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still it teems with life - a large proportion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else
Notes Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2000
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Originally published London : Doubleday, 2000
Subject Bryson, Bill.
Bryson, Bill -- Travel -- Australia.
Bryson, Bill, 1951- -- Travel -- Australia.
English fiction.
Australia -- Humor.
Australia -- Social life and customs.
Australia -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Australia -- Description and travel.
Australia -- Civilization.
Genre/Form Humor.
ISBN 9780552997034 (paperback)
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