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BILL BRYSON - Down Under SIGNED Hb - 2000 - the TRAVEL WRITER in Australia
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Very good condition - some creasing to the dust jacket and some slight discolouration , mainly to

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Condition: Very Good : Split the cost with friends
A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the book cover, with the dust jacket (if applicable) included for hard covers. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins. Some identifying marks on the inside cover, but this is minimal. Very little wear and tear. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: Very good condition - some creasing to the dust jacket and some slight discolouration , mainly to the top and edges of the pages - quite a decent copy .

Bill Bryson





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Oceania & Australasia


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BILL BRYSON - Down Under , in hardback , published by Doubleday in 2000 . 4th impression .  

The book is signed by the author - I met Bill at a recent signing for the release of his book , One Summer : America 1927 .


A book by the author of A Walk In The Woods and Notes From A Big Country .

" ' It was as if I had privately discovered life on another planet , or a parallel universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely different . I can’t tell you how exciting it was . Insofar as I had accumulated my expectations of Australia at all in the intervening years , I had thought of it as a kind of alternative southern California , a place of constant sunshine and the cheerful vapidity of a beach lifestyle , but with a slightly British bent - a sort of Baywatch with cricket ... '

" Of course , what greeted Bill Bryson was something rather different . Australia is a country that exists on a vast scale . It is the world’s sixth largest country and its largest island . It is the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country . It is the driest , flattest , hottest , most desiccated , infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still it teems with life - a large proportion of it quite deadly .

" In fact , Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else . This is a country where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay you out with a toxic nip , where seashells will not just sting you but actually sometimes go for you . If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner , you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles , or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistable currents , or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback .

" Ignoring such dangers - yet curiously obsessed by them - Bill Bryson journeyed to Australia and promptly fell in love with the country . And who can blame him ? The people are cheerful , extrovert , quick-witted and unfailingly obliging ; their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water ; the food is excellent ; the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines . Life doesn’t get much better than this . "



About Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include The Lost Continent , A Walk in the Woods and Notes from a Small Island , which in a national poll was voted the book that best represents Britain .

His acclaimed book on the history of science , A Short History of Nearly Everything , won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize , the European Union’s highest literary award .

He has written books on language , on Shakespeare , and on his own childhood in the hilarious memoir The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid .

His last critically lauded bestseller was At Home : a Short History of Private Life and his most recent critically lauded book , One Summer : America 1927 chronicles a forgotten summer when America came of age and changed the world for ever .

He was born in the American Midwest , and lives in the UK .

Very good condition - some creasing to the dust jacket and some slight discolouration , mainly to the top and edges of the pages - quite a decent copy .

I will quote prices for normal AIR MAIL ( which takes on average 2 - 3 weeks from the UK ) and which I will offer within invoices , but will also offer a cheaper quote for SURFACE MAIL if requested ( which takes anywhere up to 8 weeks to arrive ) . If you are happy with AIR MAIL pay the invoiced amount , otherwise please alter when paying to the quoted SURFACE price , but allow time accordingly .


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