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Best Books about Australia

Updated on April 12, 2017

Book Guides to Increase your Knowledge and Appreciation About the Australian Culture!

Australia is basically an island continent and considered as the 6th largest country by the total area. Commonly known as the "Land Down Under" mainly because it lies below the equator closely to the Northern Hemisphere. Economy wise, it is a very highly developed country being the world's 12 largest economy and world's sixth-highest per capita income. Plus, it has a very rich history of numerous indigenous groups who became the first settlers of the country. How terrific is that!

These set of book readings are perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the Aussie culture, its history and other socio-political issues.

D is for Down Under: An Australia Alphabet (Discover the World)

by Devin Scillian, Geoff Cook

originally the country founded as a penal colony of Britain, Australia has long been known for its contrasts (think: wild outback and sophisticated Sydney Opera House). Accompanied by vibrant colorful artwork, D is for Down Under: An Australia Alphabet captures the spirit of this proud country and its many treasures, natural and man-made.

Through this book you can visit the spectacular Sydney Harbor, try your hand as a jackaroo working a sheep station, or just sit back and enjoy a Vegemite sandwich. Below the starry night glitter of the Southern Cross constellation, Australia's "down under" wonders shine brightly.

In a Sunburned Country - by Bill Bryson

In a Sunburned CountryCHECK PRICE

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods.

In A Sunburned Country is Bill's Bryson memoir report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity.

History of Australia and New ZealandCHECK PRICE

This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.

Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down UnderCHECK PRICE

In the Down Under continent, baby wallabies learn to hop, brolgas learn to dance, and emus learn to zig-zag and children will want to hop, dance, and zig-zag right along with the amazing animals of Australia. As with all of Marianne Berkes award-winning Over books, children will also want to sing, clap and count to the rhyme of Over in the Meadow as they learn about wallabies, koalas, wombats, and more. What an easy, fun way to learn about these endearing, unique Australian animals! Jill Dubin s cut-paper illustrations add to the fun.

Lonely Planet Discover Australia

(Full Color Country Travel Guide)

Experience the best of Australia, through this travel book which highlight the best a country has to offer while still providing an authentic and memorable experience. It has a special front-of-book chapter on the top 25 can't-miss experiences which features the must-see attractions and unbeatable experiences. Focuses on key cities and regions, itineraries country-wide. It will take you step by step though the country - broken out by interest, theme and length of trip. It has a region-specific itineraries help you plan more deeply for the regions you are most interested in local experts and major attractions includes insights from local experts on what not to miss in this wonderful country.

Lonely Planet Discover AustraliaCHECK PRICE

Learn more about the Aussie Slang!

Highly recommended books

G'day all! This is an absolutely necessary language reference book to understanding and using Aussie English.

Don t be daft or fool yourself; if you're a foreigner or tourist traveling to, working at, or just generally curious about Oz.... you need this Australian Language guide. After reading this Aussie/English translation, you will be able to creatively avoid the pains, frustrations, and embarrassments that the most tourists (including the author) initially experienced. Instead you will be able to thoroughly enjoy each and every opportunity to connect with the folks in the land-of-plenty.

Americans' Survival Guide to Australia and Australian-American DictionaryCHECK PRICE

Idiom of Oz - Funny Authentic Australian Language & Top Secret Travel Survival Guide [Paperback]CHECK PRICE

Cultureshock Australia (Cultureshock Australia: A Survival Guide to Customs & Etiquette)CHECK PRICE

This book does contain some interesting information on Australian culture, and on what makes Aussies tick. But I found the writing style to be particularly annoying; even painful.

The Australia book available within the "Culture Smart" series, while offering less detail than this book, is far easier on the eyes and mind. - excerpt from Amazon Reader Reviews

Living and Working in Australia: A Survival Handbook

by David Hampshire

Written in an entertaining style with a touch of humor, Living and Working in Australia is designed to provide newcomers with the practical information necessary for a relatively trouble-free life. Its contents include finding a job, permits & visas, health, accommodation, finance, insurance, education, shopping, post office and telephone services, public transport, motoring, TV and radio, leisure, sports and much, much more. It is packed with vital information and insider tips to help minimize culture shock and reduce the newcomer's rookie period to a minimum. Living and Working in Australia is essential reading for anyone planning to spend an extended period in Australia.

Living and Working in Australia: A Survival Handbook (Living & Working in Australia)CHECK PRICE

The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women [Paperback]CHECK PRICE

The Tin Ticket takes readers to the dawn of the nineteenth century and into the lives of three women arrested and sent into suffering and slavery in Australia and Tasmania-where they overcame their fates unlike any women in the world.

It also tells the tale of Elizabeth Gurney Fry, a Quaker reformer who touched all their lives. Ultimately, this is a story of women who, by sheer force of will, became the heart and soul of a new nation.

Cooking the Australian Way (Easy Menu Ethnic Cookbooks)CHECK PRICE

An introduction to the cooking of Australia, featuring such recipes as egg and bacon pie, Anzac biscuits, pumpkin soup, and glazed kiwi tart. Also includes information on the history, geography, customs and people of the "land down under."

A Closer Look at Australia on Google Maps!

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