While our office is shut down due to COVID-19, we encourage you to purchase this title through bookshop.org in support of independent bookstores. Publication Date: January 17, 2012. Magazine Subscribers (How to Find Your Reader Number). He tends to lull the reader into a false sense of security, setting the scene, giving useful bits of information about the area he's visiting.....and then he'll throw in an unexpected one-liner that reduces me to a giggling heap. I read it whilst travelling through Australia, and was quite amused to find he was going almost the exact same route as we were, and each night I'd sort of "compare" my opinions with his. This is a warts and all expose of much of Australia (it's too big even for Bryson on his multiple trips with a seemingless unexhaustable willingness to drive huge distances to cover) and definitely worth a read for every Australian and everyone who has ever had the urge to visit. I (like quite a few people here it seems) only read Down Under.

It’s free and takes less than 10 seconds! I had to read his description of cricket two or three times as I couldn't see through the tears first time round! Be the first to ask a question about Walkabout. If you enjoy travel guides or travelling then this book would be perfect for you. Peter’s innocent friendship with the boy met in the desert throws into relief Mary’s half-adult anxieties, and the book as a whole raises questions about what is lost—and may be saved—when different worlds meet. All Rights Reserved. Couldn't find a separate page for just 'Down Under', so I can't really talk about A Walk in the Woods. I would enjoy reading this again and would also like to read more from this author.

What I really enjoyed about it was that I was able to learn a lot of historical knowledge. I rarely laugh out loud to a book, let alone have a hysterical fit. What I get out of Bill Bryson books isn't just a helpful survey of the places he writes about, but a reminder for that manner of looking at things that makes everything and everyone interesting. As for aussies and Australia, I was newly acquainted with many of the plac. Random, chance meetings.
His description of cricket is particularly amusing. William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, FRS was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. We’d love your help. I read these two books separately (couldn't find individual listings for them on Goodreads for some reason)... A Walk in the Woods isn't that entertaining (although he does meet some interesting characters and does a lot of sweating) but Down Under more than makes up for it.

Utterly amazing. But Down Under alone is not on here. I only read it as it was given to me as a gift ! I had to read his description of cricket two or three times as I couldn't see through the tears first time round! It discloses a rare beauty of human relationship among three children in a strange predicament on the crust of the earth. It mentions its monuments, culture and even lifestyle. I read it whilst travelling through Australia, and was quite amused to find he was going almost the exact same route as we were, and each night I'd sort of "compare" my opinions with his. It explores Australia in with the deepest details. I'm not stepping foot in the ocean or going anywhere where there's even a remote chance a crocodile might show up. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. Download the Reading Group Guide for Walkabout. It really made the trip much more entertaining. —Newsweek, Very tender, very touching, and sketched out with no sign of strain. I rarely laugh out loud to a book, let alone have a hysterical fit. —Time, Walkabout is to Australians what Robinson Crusoe is to the English. He's my role model for how you can be in your own head and still feel in the company of someone you like to talk to. He lived for many years with his English wife and four children in North Yorkshire.

influencers in the know since 1933. My view of Australia had been so influenced by stereotypical media portrayals, that I overlooked the possibility of the real life of this obviously amazing continent and its history. I have to be careful where I read Bryson's travel books as fits of uncontrolled laughter can appear out of nowhere....leading members of the public to look at me as if I need to be sedated! I was a touch jetlagged having just returned from 'Down Under' so my hysteria may be excused but he has a special way with words. On the surface Walkabout is an adventure story, but darker themes lie beneath. But Down Under alone is not on here.

© Copyright 2020 Kirkus Media LLC. Their fragile veneer of modern culture clashes with the primitive soul of a black bush boy who is making his tribal "walkabout" –a half-year’s solitary journey in the wilderness to test his fitness to be a member of his tribe. On the surface Walkabout is an adventure story, but darker themes lie beneath. —Times Literary Supplement (London), A sensitive and restrained tale which implies some pointed truths about the values of our civilization... —The Critic, Marshall is one of Australia’s greatest unsung, unread, and unappreciated writers. The vastness, the wilderness, the topography and the treasure has been described with the exact amount of humor required. Of course, Bryson covers almost the whole of this huge, and hugely fascinating, country and I'll only be going to Melbourne.