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Diaries 1969-1979 : The Python Years by Michael Palin
  

Diaries 1969-1979 : The Python Years

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 canât stop turning the 608 pages – fascinating, and itâs only volume 1.

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Diaries 1969-1979 : The Python Years by Michael Palin

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.

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

About the Author

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. He is also the author of a number of children's stories, the play THE WEEKEND and the novel HEMINGWAY'S CHAIR.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd October 2006

Author

Michael Palin

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www.palinstravels.co.uk/

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
672 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography

Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Television

ISBN

9780297844365

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