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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (973 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Palin Narrator: Michael Palin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis | 1/26/2014

    " A really fascinating account of life in the seventies - the description of living through the three-day week was almost as interesting as learning about the genesis of Monty Python! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel Ferreira | 1/19/2014

    " It was extremely interesting to learn how Monty Python formed, planned and carried out their projects. Also, I got to know more about that decade in terms of politics, arts, etc. A must for all Michael Palin and Monty Python fans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alannah | 1/9/2014

    " Great for python fans. A rare insight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/1/2014

    " this was okay, it sort of confirms my theory that the nicest people have the most boring diaries, whereas people you wouldn't want to be trapped in a lift with write much more interesting and gossipy prose (ie. piers morgan's diaries) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/28/2013

    " Enjoyed this book of 10 years worth of diary entries from my favorite Python member, Michael Palin! Look forward to reading about the next 10 years, 1980-1989, whenever he comes out with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 12/24/2013

    " Really enjoying this so far. It's like catnip to the Anglophile in me. Also, my weird fascination with the 70s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 12/22/2013

    " A lifelong Monty Python fan, I entered the book with great expectations. While the working life of Palin is facinating,the everyday accounts are all to familiar with my everyday life. I confess I read the first hundred pages and then skimmed the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mac macpherson | 5/25/2013

    " excellent account of the days of the groundbreaking monty python team "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 3/25/2013

    " Interesting to see the different real personalities of the Monte Python members "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/21/2012

    " I chuckled out loud a few times. No, it wasn't gut-bustingly funny, but it was interesting to read (hear) what Palin thought was worthy of jotting down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 9/26/2011

    " I listened to this on Audible audio book. Read by Michael Palin. Can't wait for the next decade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 8/6/2011

    " Learned a little about Monty Python but the gossip about friends of Palin's is the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alannah | 4/5/2011

    " Great for python fans. A rare insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 3/3/2011

    " I really liked this book.....but who can't fail to warm to Palin!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/5/2011

    " I'm currently on hiatus from this book. It is very interesting so far, but I feel like I need a break and am reading other books at the moment. I will return to it soon though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryon | 10/9/2010

    " it's a big damn book. i can't imagine anyone that doesn't like palin or python making their way through this one. but if you do you're bound to really like the guy. and it's a hell of a journey too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/4/2010

    " I chuckled out loud a few times. No, it wasn't gut-bustingly funny, but it was interesting to read (hear) what Palin thought was worthy of jotting down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mac | 1/3/2010

    " excellent account of the days of the groundbreaking monty python team "

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