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Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country

Koala Orphan

I love travel writing. Another of my favorite travel writers introduce me to Bill Bryson, singling out In a Sunburned Country as one of his best.

I also love facts and here are some that Bryson shares with his readers:

  • Australia is the largest island, the only island that is a continent, and the only continent that is also a country.
  • Its land surface is among the oldest in the world.
  • 80% of what lives in Australia (by type) lives nowhere else in the world.
  • Australia is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated of all the inhabited continents.
  • Australia is the home of the oldest living thing on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef, and the largest monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock).
  • Australia has more kinds of animals that will kill you than anywhere else, including 10 poisonous snakes and five other creatures that are the most lethal in their class: funnel-web spider, box jellyfish, blue-ringed octopus, paralysis tick, and stonefish.
  • Australian wildlife is known for kangaroos that bounce instead of run, fish that climb trees, foxes that fly, and crustaceans large enough to engulf a person.
  • Australia is the only modern nation founded by convicts.
  • Australia is a very interesting place populated by very friendly people.

But, no worries, mate. The beer’s cold and the barbie’s hot. Read In a Sunburned Country and enjoy a great read.

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