OVER 800,000 HARDBACKS SOLD HIMALAYA went straight to NUMBER ONE in its first week of publication and stayed there for over 3 months Over 9 million people watched the first episode of the TV programme SAHARA sold over 180,000 copies in paperback and was an enormous success. Paperback was a SUNDAY TIMES top ten bestseller for over 3 months Like Sahara, this is great value - 64 pages of full colour photographs and the full text of the hardback all for an excellent price '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' Independent
Michael Palin is one of the most popular comic figures of our time. His exploits with the Monty Python team and in subsequent films such as A FISH CALLED WANDA are now the stuff of legend. It is as the adventurous traveller of his major television series however that he has acquired a vast and loyal following.
Four months, seven countries, and more than 2000 miles: Palin and his BBC film crew took a zigzag trip along the top of the world, the Himalayas, in 2004. Palin began in the west at the Khyber Pass on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border and ended at the mouth of the Ganges River in Bangladesh. He deftly interweaves the historical (the legacy of the British Empire is strong) with the contemporary (refugees in Peshawar, Tibet-in-exile, the effect of tourism in Nepal). He doesn't neglect the spectacular terrain: climbing Annapurna, traversing the high plains in China, riding an elephant bareback through the jungle in Assam. At the same time, he has an audience with the Dalai Lama (who has seen him on TV), he milks yaks in Tibet, meets headhunters in Assam, and watches a Hindu cremation. Palin's narration is expert, but it is unfortunate that this program (which itself is a version of a filmed travelog) does not have a map so that the listener can trace the itinerary. A great choice for armchair travelers!-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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 *
A glorious travel book * Daily Mail *
Palin is the Python we all want to go abroad with * Observer *