Published for the first time in Phoenix, in the stylish new series look. This is published alongside FULL CIRCLE and POLE TO POLE - also new to Phoenix. Michael Palin's books dominate the bestseller list - he regularly holds the No.1 slot for weeks at a time. Michael Palin always receives terrific reviews for his travel writing: 'The ultimate armchair travel book' Guardian. '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. 'Brisk, fresh and makes you want to go where he has gone' Daily Telegraph. 'Palin is the Python we all want to go abroad with' Observer. 'He observes shrewdly, writes wittily; laughs with, not at, the people he meets, and charmingly slips in a huge amount of information. His approach still towers above its imitators' Independent. 'Palin is as engaging a writer as he is a presenter, and one keeps turning the pages with anticipation and pleasure' Sunday Telegraph. 'A glorious travel book. There's never a dull moment' Daily Mail.
Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Python's Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. A self-confessed dromomaniac (travel addict), he has written books to accompany his highly successful travel series, and is a regular No.1 Sunday Times bestseller.
Actor and comedian Palin's account of circumnavigating the globe by camel, dog sled, cargo ship and balloon is the companion to a PBS series. (Jan.)
Palin, a member of the Monty Python comic troupe, is the most recent voyager to be inspired by Jules Verne's famous novel. His journey (filmed by the BBC), which barred airplane travel and tried to loosely follow Phileas Fogg's route, was much more of a lark than an adventure. It takes a fair amount of planning to circumnavigate the Earth in 80 days, even today: while technology has added greatly to travelers' comforts, political and bureaucratic obstacles may be even worse than in the past, and ocean travel is also more difficult to arrange. Palin writes in diary format, and he maintains his good humor throughout. The book is richly illustrated but needs a better map of the route traveled. Recommended for public libraries.-- Harold M. Otness, Southern Oregon State Coll. Lib., Ashland