The Python Years

The Python Years

Michael Palin’s bestselling diaries before, during and after Monty Python.

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 diaries.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Arts & Entertainment / Autobiography: Arts & Entertainment

On Sale: 8th July 2010

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780297863625

Reviews

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
SPECTATOR