An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington

An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington

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By (author) Karl Pilkington

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 220g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847679277
  • ISBN 13: 9781847679277
  • Edition statement: Main
  • Illustrations note: Four 8 page colour insets with line drawings in the text
  • Sales rank: 562

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Presenting the Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington: Adventurer. Philosopher. Idiot. Karl Pilkington isn't keen on travelling. Given the choice, he'll go on holiday to Devon or Wales or, at a push, eat English food on a package holiday in Majorca. Which isn't exactly Michael Palin, is it? So what happened when he was convinced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to go on an epic adventure to see the Seven Wonders of the World? Travel broadens the mind, right? You'd think so...Find out in Karl Pilkington's hilarious travel diaries. 'He is a moron. A completely round, empty-headed, part-chimp Manc.' RICKY GERVAIS 'He'd have been happier in medieval times in a village where you didn't travel beyond the local community.' STEPHEN MERCHANT

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Karl Pilkington has led an extraordinary and curiously individual life. As a child growing up in Manchester, he regularly missed school to accompany his parents on caravanning holidays and left without collecting his exam results. Now making up for lost time, Karl has written three bestselling books and recently embarked on a tour of the Seven Wonders of the modern world for a new Sky One television series.

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By Lesley Lyons 07 Mar 2012 4

...he's just got a very different perspective on everything. How often have you visited something like a Wonder of the World and felt obliged to get all gushy about it, because everyone else is. It's a refreshing change to have someone wonder why you'd even want to look at the Great Wall of China from Space, or consider why the massive Christ figure has an undefined chin and beard and it's all sort of merged into a lumpy chin. I loved the TV show and the book was great for all the additional stuff, a bit more background and a lot more "Karlisms".
Karl should get into Parliament - would be great to have someone who cuts to the chase!

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Genius or mental case? Prepare to be amazed - Esquire The funniest man on the planet - Spectator Not many idiots could make something this funny - Guardian