Welcome to the first Teaser Tuesday of 2011, hosted by Should Be Reading.
“This is a country that loses a prime minister and that is so vast and so empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world’s first non-governmental atomic bomb on its mainland and almost four years would pass before anyone noticed. Clearly, this is a place worth getting to know.”
The taipan is the one to watch out for. It is the most poisonous snake on earth, with a lunge so swift and a venom so potent that your last mortal utterance is likely to be: ‘I say, is that a sn—.’
Both from In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson’s travelogue of Australia.