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W&N Biography and Autobiography HB September @ £25.00 496pp 48pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 84441 9 eBook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 86962 7

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MICHAEL PALIN Travelling to Work Diaries 1988–1998

The third volume of Michael Palin’s celebrated diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Michael Palin’s career takes an unexpected new direction into travel – but not entirely, as we shall see. You might think that after publishing the tie-in books that accompanied Around the World in 80 Days, Full Circle and Pole to Pole, there would be little left to say. Travelling to Work is proof of how wrong it is to make such an assumption. Palin’s two previous volumes of diaries have been engaging, revealing accounts from behind the scenes, and this third volume is no exception. We glimpse an introspective, almost worried account during filming of Around the World in 80 Days (for which he was not the BBC’s first choice of presenter) to life back home as his children grow up. Palin’s own account of this unpredictable life is riveting, and its sheer diversity makes it even stronger than the two previous volumes. ‘Palin is a seriously good writer. These diaries are full of fine phrases and sharp little sketches of scenes’ Sam Leith, Daily Mail Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. He has written books to accompany his eight very successful travel series, including Around the World in 80 Days (1988), Himalaya (2003) and Brazil (2012). Himalaya was the No. 1 bestseller for eleven consecutive weeks.

W&N Non-Fiction • September 2014


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