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Publisher Description

The amazingly insightful, funny and brilliant record of Michael Palin's prime years as a member of the famed comedic group, Monty Python.

Michael Palin has kept a diary since newly married in the late 1960s. This volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed, how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys---Jones and Gilliam---and Eric Idle came together and changed the face of British comedy.

But this is but only part of Palin's story. Here is his growing family, his home in a north London Victorian terrace, which grows as he buys the house next door and then a second at the bottom of the garden; here, too, is his solo effort---as an actor, in Three Men in a Boat, his writing endeavours (often in partnership with Terry Jones) that produces Ripping Yarns and even a pantomime.

Meanwhile Monty Python refuses to go away: the hugely successful movies that follow the TV (his account of the making of both The Holy Grail and the Life of Brian movies are page-turners), the at times extraordinary goings-on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team, the fight to prevent an American TV network from bleeping out the best jokes on U.S. transmission, and much more---all this makes for funny and riveting reading.

The birth and childhood of his three children, his father's growing disability, learning to cope as a young man with celebrity, his friendship with George Harrison, and all the trials of a peripatetic life are also essential ingredients of these diaries. A perceptive and funny chronicle, the diaries are a rich portrait of a fascinating period.

"A wealth of fascinating stuff about Monty Python."
---The Independent (UK)

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2008
November 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
672
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Publishing Group
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
6.5
MB

Customer Reviews

RJ Superstar ,

Michael Palin Diaries: The Python Years

I started reading this wonderful book in the hardcover addition from our local library and about halfway through I purchased my IPad. So Michael's Diary was my first purchase ever from IBooks. It was handy to have the paper addition by my side as I continued through Michael's days as a Python. The footnotes were a bit tricky in the beginning but by the last chapter I was quite the professional IFooter. The only complaint I have for the digital version is that the spelling of Lorne Michaels name, the veteran producer of Saturday Night Live, appears as "Lome Michaels". All in all the book was a treat to read. Michael truly is a great writer. Cheers.

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