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Karl Pilkington
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4 Oct 2007

A hilarious guide to travelling, from the man behind The World of Karl Pilkington – one of our most innovative thinkers, visionaries and prophets, or as Ricky Gervais knows him, 'the funniest man alive in Britain today'.

Pack your suitcase and take an irreverent trip with the unlikely star of The Ricky Gervais Podcast Show, Karl Pilkington, to the furthest corners of Europe. From sunbathing in t-shirts and lizards the length of Toblerones, to a toxic apartment in Ibiza with a used loo that can’t be flushed – these witty musings could put you off travelling forever!

Gain insight into the curious life of this comic genius from pithy anecdotes. Find out about his mum’s obsession with keeping gnomes indoors and his experiences getting high on dope chocolate, to his childhood dentist who filled his perfect back teeth to give them ‘extra protection’.

Featuring Pilkington’s original illustrations and imaginative scribblings.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (4 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405328479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405328470
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 14.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karl Pilkington's accidental path to fame began in 1989 when a trip to a Manchester hospital inspired him to become a hospital radio DJ. After filling news bulletins with strange-but-true stories and using the transmitter to broadcast pirate radio, Pilkington was sacked and moved to Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, where he hosted a late-night show filled with impenetrably cryptic puzzles. He then moved to Xfm in London, where he was producer and later a star of Xfm's Ricky Gervais Show, forerunner of the podcasts. Pilkington says that his favourite job to date was his paper round.

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This is a very funny book (Sunday Telegraph)

...intentionally or otherwise, this is hilarious. (Zoo Magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Karl Pilkington is an English radio producer who produced The Ricky Gervais Show on Xfm. As a result of the success of the podcasts of this show he’s become a cult celebrity. Gervais thinks Karl is "the funniest man alive in Britain today" and put him in his comedy DVD, Politics. Karl is probably best-known for co-writing the mega successful The World of Karl Pilkington (2006).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for fans of The Ricky Gervais Show 16 Sep 2010
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A funny collection of short pieces about the travels of Karl Pilkington. There are diaries and dreadful little poems, cartoons and 'true stories', photos and storyboards, all riddled with the unique Pilkington brand of madness. Whether it's New York or the Lake District, this reads very much like a child's 'What I did on my holidays', full of what he had for tea and bizarre observations about what he's seen and done. At first I could almost hear Stephen Merchant reading it, as he does in the 'Karl's Diary' segment of the wonderful Ricky Gervais Show! I wouldn't read it again, and I certainly wouldn't have paid the cover price because it's very short, but it was a nice bit of fun for my week off...
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There are some comedians who are just not funny off stage. They hate people spotting them when out and about because they know they'll never live up to expectations. They can 'do' funny but they AREN'T funny - not in real life. Then there are those who can make anything funny, even the lamest joke - Tommy Cooper was one of the best examples. Karl Pilkington is another: he simply IS funny...and he's not even a comedian.

Ricky Gervais, a very shrewd man, spotted this from the off. He's probably even a little envious: while Ricky meticulously plans every aspect of his comedy, Karl just opens his mouth and funny things come out!

No, this book isn't 'well-written' - the grammar is all over the place and it's full of throwaway slang...but that's not a criticism, it's a strength! Ghost-writers of footballers' autobiographies spend ages deciding how much to change the ramblings that have come from the mouths of their often less-than-articulate subjects. The trick is to make it seem authentic yet understandable. However this evolved from Karl's brain to his mouth to the page has been just right: as several of the other reviewers point out, it feels just like he's talking.

So it's 'what I did on my holidays' by a rather odd, yet very likeable and very funny man - and, you have to acknowledge, pretty gifted illustrator. It'll have you in stitches.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping it Unreal 26 Oct 2007
I was worried, worried that for all the fame Karl Pilkington has enjoyed this past year or so, he'd have gained some actual - genuine - knowledge, and by default this book would have become less enjoyable, clouded by information and 'facts' that actual rang true.

I needn't have worried. Karl remains as impervious to knowledge as a moth does to the damaging effects of hot light bulbs. He seeks knowledge, but when it happens upon him something gets twisted in the transmitter and it comes out of his mouth adapted, totally different to the true meaning.

Not that his wonderful theories don't have some basis, that they somehow make sense despite the absurdity of the claim. How about his assertion that we're all told to eat five portions of fruit a day only because there's so much 'rubbish fruit' they're trying to get rid? They're even palming it off in shower gels such as 'hint of kiwi', says Karl by amusing way of 'proof'.

Where as Karl's previous book 'The World of Karl Pilkington' suffered somewhat because you couldn't hear his perfect dead-pan delivery, this book revels in the fact that it is one long ramble, about his holidaying life and what his girlfriend's parents have for tea each night.

You learn next to nothing about the places he visits, but then surely that was to be expected. He devotes a chapter to his Madeira holiday and I don't think he mentions what it was like once.

All in all this is a good read with lots of chuckle-out-loud moments. Karl is here to stay it seems, and still wonderfully unaware of what all the fuss is about.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pilkie for President in '08! 7 April 2008
America needs Karl now more than ever. In this upcoming election, we need someone who can tackle the REAL issues that keep Americans up at night. We are not concerned with our floundering economy, the "war" on terror or how we are now less popular globally than Alton Towers. We ARE worried about:
- Curfews for gays (The Killing of Georgie law)
- Snails eating our postage stamps
- Shadows that push people off of bikes
- Octopi in jam jars
- Big heads and webbed hands
- Split tennis balls
- Organized fun
- Little Turkish fellas that eyeball your girlfriends

All of these things have been ignored by our current administration. I am spearheading the "Do We Need Him?" campaign for Karl to run for the American Presidency. "Do We Need Him?" - you bet your jaffa cakes we do! Lest anyone think we can't get Karl into office, please look at who we have now. Over 50 million people voted George Dubya into office - twice! Americans obviously love and relate to the genius of being stupid. G. Dubs has got nothin' on Lil' Karly Pilkoids! Can you imagine, in a hundred years from now, Karl's little face on a ten dollar bill? Or better yet, the roundest penny ever created!

A plea to Ricky - please bring Karl to America with you this summer. We need him now more than ever before. Don't let Manchester, Kent and London (where he lives) have all the fun and that. Bring the World's Roundest Head to the Big Apple! Alright? Alright.

OOOHH!!! CHIMPANZEE THAT!!! Pilkington for PRESIDENT!!! Yer ffff...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely hillarious
Published 12 days ago by marion smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed from beginning to end
The funniest 'book'I have read in ages! Anyone who likes Karl's dead pan dry humour will love this.Tears of laughter all the way through! Genius.
Published 22 days ago by Puschinka
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Classic
I really enjoyed this, though I expected nothing less from Karl Pilkington. It is essentially a holiday diary that is very, very funny
Published 23 days ago by Jay Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I myself love Karl. First saw of him on Ricky Gervais show. Brilliant show I would recommend it to anyone who likes Karl. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Its amazing such comedy in it and some brilliant adventures! Highly recommend for people who love to laugh out loud
Published 1 month ago by Lala
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
This book was very good as karl is funny even when his not trying to be funny have watch all karls t .v. programmes and this is my third book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as always
Funny book! Karl always has a way with words! Short but sweet, can't wait to read the rest of his books! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rochelle Castle
5.0 out of 5 stars needs no introduction
if you love the orange headed man then you'll know what to expect
read all his books (over and over again) and still laugh
Published 2 months ago by Book Worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Over The Moon
Turned up a day early. Bought used. But it might as well be new as theres not a mark on it. Over the moon. Book is hilarious!!
Published 2 months ago by lisa_sensie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great!
This is such a good read, very witty with clever little observations and Karl Pilkington's views on life. Very easy to read and will make you laugh out loud.
Published 3 months ago by RuthJW
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