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Michael Palin has kept a diary since newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter. Monty Python was just around the corner.

This volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed, how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys (Jones and Gilliam), and Eric Idle came together and changed the face of British comedy. But this is but only part of Palin's story. Here is his growing family, his home in a north London Victorian terrace, which grows as he buys the house next door and then a second at the bottom of the garden; here, too, is his solo effort: as an actor, his writing endeavours (often in partnership with Terry Jones), and even a pantomime.

Meanwhile Monty Python refuses to go away: the hugely successful movies that follow the TV (his account of the making of both The Holy Grail and the Life of Brian movies is riveting), the at times extraordinary goings-on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team, the fight to prevent an American TV network from bleeping out the best jokes on U.S. transmission, and much more: all this makes for funny and captivating listening.

The birth and childhood of his three children, his father's growing disability, learning to cope as a young man with celebrity, his friendship with George Harrison, and all the trials of a peripatetic life are also essential ingredients of these diaries. A perceptive and funny chronicle, the diaries are a rich portrait of a fascinating period.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/13/2014

    " I love Palin, I love Python, and I love the 70s. What's not to love about this book? Fantastic recounting of the Python years and Palin's burgeoning family life. Very interesting to see Palin remain remarkably even-keeled throughout a period of rapidly-growing fame and increasing personal and professional responsibilities. Also, I particularly liked his in-depth coverage of the brainstorming, writing, and filming of Life of Brian, one of my all-time favorite movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave | 2/13/2014

    " Very good book--Palin writes very well and offers some insight into the Python creative process, as well as an interesting view of British and American culture in the seventies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth | 2/8/2014

    " I'm a big Monty Python fan, so I was excited to read this. I wish there had been more detail about the making of the Holy Grail; it's my favorite movie, so I could've read an entire 600 pages on the movie alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bobby | 1/26/2014

    " Absolutely fascinating (and FUNNY) first-hand account of the Python years. I'm not fond of non-fiction, usually, but this was terrific!! "

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About the Author
Author Michael Palin

Michael Palin established his reputation with Monty Pythonˆs Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes several films with Monty Python as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance as Ken in A Fish Called Wanda, and Fierce Creatures. He has also written books to accompany his very successful travel series, Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, and Hemingway Adventure.