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.