RC 832 DOWN UNDER : Travels in a Sunburned Country

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Forget Crocodile Dundee, Castlemaine XXXX and the 2000 Sydney Olympics - Bill Bryson is the man to put Australia on the map. Bill Bryson has traversed the length and breadth of Australia to bring us his first major new book since the bestselling A Walk in the Woods. Bryson is a household name, synonymous with laugh-out-loud humour, uncontrolled sniggering and spontaneous outbursts of chortling. Untitled will reinforce his reputation as the best-loved travel writer and humorist of our day. No worries!
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Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 108 x 136 x 17mm | 106g
  • Corgi Audio
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0552148369
  • 9780552148368
  • 332,394

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'It was as if I had privately discovered a parallel universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely different...Insofar as I had accumulated any expectations of Australia at all, I had thought of it as a kind of alternative southern California, a place of constant sunshine but with a slightly British bent - a sort of Baywatch with cricket...'

Of course, what greeted Bill Bryson was something rather different. Australia is the driest, flattest, hottest, most infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still it teems with life - most 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, Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? Friendly people, clean cities, excellent food, glorious weather and cold beer...life doesn't get much better than this.

WARNING: Contains language which may cause offence

Kerry Shale has performed his acclaimed solo show The Prince of West End Avenue in the UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Other stage work includes plays such as The Normal Heart, True West and Disappeared. TV work includes Sharpe, Cracker and Tales of Narnia. His films include Yentl, RKO 281 and 102 Dalmations. Kerry has abridged and read Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent, A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, Notes from a Big Country and Down Under. He has received three Sony Awards for radio acting and writing.

Abridged, running time approximately 3 hours
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"Bryson makes you laugh out loud...Down Under is filled with quirky stories',"
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"Bryson makes you laugh out loud...Down Under is filled with quirky stories'," Sunday Express "Bryson makes you laugh out loud...Down Under is filled with quirky stories'," Sunday Express
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About Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. He settled in England in 1977, and lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire. He and his family then moved to America for a few years but have now returned to the UK. He is the bestselling author of The Lost Continent, Mother Tongue, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Big Country, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything. He is also the author of the bestselling African Diary (a charity book for CARE International).
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