Diaries 1969-1979 : The Python Years

by Michael Palin

Biography / Autobiography

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The Python years, or at least some of them.  There is little dirt, gossip or dirty dealings for Palin is a thoroughly nice man and other than a few wild parties (which annoyed him) reports these extraordinary years in a thoroughly nice fashion.  Strangely they have a hypnotic pull, you just can’t stop turning the 608 pages – fascinating, and it’s only volume 1.

Diaries 1969-1979 : The Python Years Synopsis

Michael Palin has kept a diary since newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter (for the Two Ronnies, David Frost etc). Monty Python was just around the corner.

This first 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 pager-turners), the at times extraordinary goings on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team, the fight to prevent a American TV network from bleeping out the best jokes on US trasmission, and much more - all this makes perceptive, funny and rivetting reading.

Diaries 1969-1979 : The Python Years Press Reviews

'This combination of niceness, with his natural volubility, creates Palin's expansiveness.' 
David Baddiel
THE TIMES

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ISBN: 9780297844365
Publication date: 03/10/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780297844365
Publication date: 3rd October 2006
Author: Michael Palin
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
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About Michael Palin

Michael Palin established his reputation with MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS and RIPPING YARNS. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as THE MISSIONARY, A PRIVATE FUNCTION, an award-winning performance as the hapless Ken in A FISH CALLED WANDA and, more recently, AMERICAN FRIENDS and FIERCE CREATURES. His television credits include two films for the BBC's GREAT RAILWAY JOURNEYS, the plays EAST OF IPSWICH and NUMBER 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH.He has written books to accompany his six very successful travel series, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, POLE TO POLE, FULL CIRCLE, HEMINGWAY ADVENTURE, SAHARA and HIMALAYA. ...

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