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Himalaya

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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.

If you like Michael Palin you might also like to read books by Michael Frayn, John Banville and Justin Cartwright.

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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.

Reviews

Palin is the Python we all want to go abroad with * Observer * A glorious travel book * Daily Mail * Brisk, fresh and makes you want to go where he has gone * Daily Telegraph * Coupled with his eye for detail, he has the diarist's willingness to try anything and to laugh at himself ... travel-writing of unpretentious charm and enjoyable originality * Independent * The ultimate armchair travel book * Guardian *


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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Publication date

2nd June 2005

Author

Michael Palin

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Author's Website

www.palinstravels.co.uk/

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9780753819906

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