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Winner of TV & Film Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2005
The beautiful, glossy, illustrated hardback that accompanied the television series brought down to a text-led portable-sized paperback with 64 of the colour photographs grouped together. This is for those of you who actually want to read about the region and Palinâs extraordinary adventures during six months of hard travelling.
Himalaya by Michael Palin
Having risen to the challenge of seas, poles, dhows and deserts, the highest mountains in the world were a natural target for Michael Palin. In a journey rarely, if ever, attempted before, in 6 months of hard travelling Palin takes on the full length of the Himalaya including the Khyber Pass, the hidden valleys of the Hindu Kush, ancient cities like Peshawar and Lahore, the mighty peaks of K2, Annapurna and Everest, the gorges of the Yangtze, the tribal lands of the Indo-Burmese border and the vast Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh.
Facing altitudes as high as 17,500 feet as well as some of the world's deepest gorges, Palin also passed through political flashpoints like Pakistan's remote north-west frontier, terrorist-torn Kashmir and the mountains of Nagaland, only recently open to visitors.
Michael Palin is a fantastic writer and the text reads beautifully, making this a perfect read for the armchair traveller.
ReviewsWitty and entertaining. - -The New York Times on Full Circle
Charming and often hilarious. -- New York Daily News on Full Circle Ever affable and eclectic, Palin disarms and delights. He has an unerring eye for the bizarre. His book is sheer escapism, pure entertainment, and I love it.
-- Sunday Times (London) on Sahara
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Publication date2nd June 2005
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