Travelling to Work

Travelling to Work

Diaries 1988-1998

Book - 2015
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"As in Halfway to Hollwyood and The Python Years, Travelling to Work contains a decade's worth of unedited, unabridged diary entries from multi-talented funnyman Michael Palin. In this volume, the last Palin has agreed to publish, the former Python documents his expereince hosting a series of BBC travel documentaries even as he continues to develop new dimensions as a writer and actor. Python faithful will love Palin's candid comments and wry wit even as they are awed by his dogged work ethic and myriad accomplishments. From his work for the BBC to his dramatic portrayal of the headmaster on Alan Bleasdale's award-winning drama GBH, to his success as screenwriter, playwright and novelist, these pages display a true modern-day Renaissance Man. Included as well are behind the scenes stories from the making of Fierce Creatures, the tumoltuous follow-up to A Fish Called Wanda, along with Palin's reflections on dealings with his manager, editors and publishers--enough insider information to please any show business enthusiast. In short, Travelling to Work is a roller-coaster ride driven by the Palin hallmarks curiosity, a sense of adventure and unflappable cool demonsrating he is truely 'someone grounded and safe who can be tempted into almost anything.'"-- Provided by publisher.
"A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title The second volume of Michael Palin's diaries covers the bulk of the 1980s, a decade in which the ties binding the Pythons loosened-they made their last film Monty Python's Meaning of Life in 1983. For Michael, writing and acting took over much of his life, culminating in his appearances in A Fish Called Wanda, in which he played the hapless, stuttering Ken, and won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. Halfway to Hollywood follows Palin's torturous trail through seven movies and ends with his final preparations for the documentary that was to change his life-Around the World in 80 Days. During these years he co-wrote and acted in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits as well as spearing in Gilliam's follow-up success Brazil. Palin co-produced, wrote and played the lead in The Missionary opposite Maggie Smith, who also appeared with him in A Private Function, written by Alan Bennett. In television the decade was memorable for East of Ipswich, inspired his links with Suffolk. Such was his fame in the US, he was enticed into once again hosting the enormously popular show Saturday Night Live. He filmed one of the BBC's Great Railway Journeys as well as becoming chairman of the pressure group Transport 2000. His life with Helen and the family remains a constant, as the children enter their teens. Palin's joy of writing is evident once more in Halfway to Hollywood as he demonstrates his continuing sense of wonder at the world in which he finds himself. A world of screens large and small"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781250077073
1250077079
Characteristics: xxii, 563 pages, 32 unnummbered pages of plates : chiefly colour illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Mar 14, 2016

At the beginning of his third volume of published diaries, former Python Michael Palin notes that he was looking for a more adventurous life in the waning months of the 1980s. Next thing he knew, he had been recruited to star in televised travelogues that took him to far-flung corners of the world. In Travelling to Work, he recounts travel adventures, notes his impressions of Fergie, Duchess of York, muses about IRA bombings, and records his self-doubts. Pick up this engaging chronicle if you're an armchair traveler, show-biz buff, or fan of Palin.

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