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Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980-1988 (Volume Two): The Film Years [Hardcover]

Michael Palin
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Palin reminds me of Samuel Johnson: driven, intellectually formidable, and spurred on by self-reproach and the wholly irrational idea that he's not really getting on with it... Palin is a seriously good writer. These diaries are full of fine phrases and sharp little sketches of scenes (Sam Leith DAILY MAIL)

Halfway to Hollywood is at its best when it moves from Palin's professional life to personal revelation (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

There are some fabulous and very funny snippets about Alan Bennett and Maggie Smith... the behind-the-scenes antics of the Pythons and their wider circle make great reading (THE OBSERVER)

Reading Palin's words is like putting your slippers on, clutching a cup of cocoa and settling down for a late night chat with an old friend... for anyone who enjoys with work of a competent, erudite and amusing diarist. (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS)

This is the Michael Palin with whom the public has fallen in love. A man whose ordinary likeability makes us feel we know him, and that he is incapable of nastiness or an outburst of bad temper. (THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

it's clear why Cleese later nominated Palin as his luxury item on Desert Island Discs because... he makes such unfailingly good company... this is the agreeably written story of how a former Python laid the foundation stone by which he would reinvent himself as a public institution: the People's Palin. (THE GUARDIAN)

Book Description

Michael Palin's diaries of the 1980's including the filming of THE MEANING OF LIFE and A FISH CALLED WANDA.

About the Author

Michael Palin established his reputation with MONTY PYTHON'S 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 the hapless Ken in A FISH CALLED WANDA and, more recently, AMERICAN FRIENDS and FIERCE CREATURES His television credits include two films for the BBC's Great Railway Journeys, the plays EAST OF IPSWICH and NUMBER 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH. The books he wrote to accompany his TV travels have all been bestsellers, as was the first volume of his diaries.
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