In a Sunburned Country

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In a Sunburned Country is Bill Bryson's travel memoir about an extended trip to Australia.  Following in the tradition of his previous travel books, he approaches this new frontier with wit, humor, and the whimsical accidents that seem to befall him every time he leaves home.  From Sydney to Adelaide and Perth to Alice Springs, he explores many of Australia's most notable cities and attractions, all while doling out a healthy dose of history and laughter.

"Flying into Australia, I realized with a sigh that I had forgotten again who their prime minister is.  I am forever doing this with the Australian prime minister committing the name to memory, forgetting it (generally more or less instantly), then feeling terribly guilty.  My thinking is that there ought to be one person outside Australia who knows."

Bill Bryson is the author of various travel books, including A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country, as well as non-fiction such as At Home and The Mother Tongue.  Bryson currently lives in England with his family.

Published:  2000
Length:  329 pages
Set in:  Australia