The Python Years

The Python Years : Diaries 1969-1979 Volume One

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Michael Palin's diaries begin when he was newly married and struggling to make a name for himself in the world of television comedy. But Monty Python was just around the corner ...Enjoying an unlikely cult status early on, the Pythons then proceeded to tour the USA and Canada. As their popularity grew, so Palin relates how the group went their separate ways, later to re-form for stage shows and the celebrated films THE HOLY GRAIL and LIFE OF BRIAN. Living through the three-day week and the miners strike, and all the trials of a peripatetic life are also essential ingredients of these perceptive and funny more

Product details

  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 338 x 408 x 44mm | 579.99g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 61
  • 075382177X
  • 9780753821770
  • 118,914

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His showbiz observations are so absorbing ... Palin is an elegant and engaging writer GUARDIAN Accomplished ... If Palin's comic genius is a given, this is a more rounded portrait of the decade which saw the Pythons become icons. Our favourite TV explorer shows us the workings of an unstoppable machine DAILY EXPRESS Palin's style is so fluid, and his sincerity so palpable, that it is often easy to underestimate just how talented he is as a comedian, broadcaster and a writer ... [the diaries] are just too good and he is too modest SUNDAY EXPRESS Delightful and often extraordinarily funny ... An entertaining and at times deeply moving read MAIL ON SUNDAY If anyone writes a diary purely for the joy of it, it is Michael Palin ... This combination of niceness, with his natural volubility, creates Palin's expansiveness THE TIMES Palin's steady eye, contemplative bent and instinct for honest appraisal make him the perfect chronicler of a frequently insane period which saw the Monty Python team become the most celebrated comedians in the world TIME OUT A real delight to read SAGA MAGAZINE A slow burn, revealing its pleasures only gradually, and allowing readers the warm glow of hindsight denied its writer ... This book will make the perfect present for those comedy obsessives of a certain age, who will know exactly what it is long before they have unwrapped it SPECTATORshow more

About Michael Palin

Michael Palin established his reputation with MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS and RIPPING YARNS. His work also includes several films, including an award-winning performance 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. The books he wrote to accompany his TV travels have all been bestsellers, as are his published more

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His showbiz observations are so absorbing . . . Palin is an elegant and engaging writer GUARDIANshow more

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