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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857867504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857867506
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,646 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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"Stupidly funny" (Sunday Mirror)

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"The funniest thing on TV, no question" (Daily Mail)

"*****" (Time Out)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Houghton on 7 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great companion to the second season of An Idiot Abroad. Rather than just write about the things that were in the program, Karl has opted to fill in the gaps and write about things that were not shown, and that was a brilliant decision. We get to see more detail of things that were hinted at in the TV program, transcripts of full conversations, and of course the extra bits that weren't shown on TV.

Karl's writing is excellent and very clear. The editor has taken the decision to leave the accented writing style alone, which I applaud, as it is easier to imagine Karl saying it, and is just more true to life - 'My Mum' becomes 'Me Mam' for example.

What really comes through in this book is Karl's absolute genius of making the mundane seem interesting, by looking at it in his own unique way. There is almost a laugh, or an insightful observation on each page. One example is when he writes of his time in the US, and performing the 'Glee' style dance. He says he struggled to keep in time with the other dancers, and was always slightly late with his moves. He didn't see it as a bad thing though, because he said he saw it as if he was performing a catch-up service for those that blink! This kind of thing is why I just adore Karl.

It's also so nice to read his free flowing thoughts directly, with no interruptions.

I recently saw him do a discussion with Michael Palin on the publisher's YouTube page, as they both have travel books out at the same time. I'd so love for them to do something together. It'd be a passing of the torch kind of thing. Karl could quite easily front a travel program without it needing to be a comedy. He'd be great too, because he tells it like it is.

If you love Karl, then you have to buy this book. It's as simple as that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
If you have seen the second series of "An Idiot Abroad" on TV or DVD, then you have had more enjoyment than you will get out of this book (at least you get the visuals on DVD). Karl has a few funny asides to add to his commentary on the trips, but these quickly run out, and the second half of the book is an effort to get through (it feels like it was for Karl too). Avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hayes on 11 Sept. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After reading the first instalment of the Idiot Abroad diary I had high hopes for the sequel. However these were short lived and I was left disappointed and a little annoyed. The front cover dubbs this to be "hilarious", but it barely raised a smile. Towards the end of the book you can also tell that Karl couldn't be bothered anymore, with his rushed descriptions in the way he ticked off another as activity from the bucket list. More challenging funnier on screen, don't waste your money and just watch the TV show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Pope on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Desperate to pick up something to read at WHSmith Cardiff Airport I was relieved to discover Karl Pilkington has a second edition of 'an idiot abroad' out in print.
I paid (through the nose, as this was a WHSmith in an airport..........) for it and worked my way through it while spending two weeks in Egypt.

Even though I've seen the TV series it was still a brilliant read and a further insight into the tasks he carried out.
I don't think he's as much of an idiot as he makes out, he's certainly a decent enough writer
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Format: Paperback
Loved this. I've listened to quite a few of the Podcasts, and saw bits of the TV programme so knew exactly what to expect. You have to understand who Karl Pilkington is and how he thinks in order to get this book - otherwise it ends up being the ramblings of a mad man! There were quite a few laugh out loud moments (not good for reading on public transport) and the rest of the book gave a gentle smile throughout - you're not really going to learn anything very useful about other cultures from Karl - just his unique take on things. Rather worryingly, I found myself agreeing with what he'd written on more than one occassion!! Highly recommened.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Adrian Tearle on 11 Jan. 2013
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This book must be good, as my wife sits in bed each night reading this, laughing away into the small hours like I don't have to get up at 6am.

I do. But I love her. And I'm sure she loves this book!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Napalm_trickster on 5 Oct. 2012
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Ha what to say; if your a fan then you probably won't need to guess what this will be like; nor would you need some idiot telling you why you need to buy it. but as i am an idiot i will do anyway :)
As usual you will read a lot of karl Moaning about this and that. though unlike the first book this is less like a diary; to which karl explains in the begining he was too sick to write so he decided to write it all when he was safe from harm and could just get into it. it's a nice hardback. (Though the HMV one has postcards)
I love reading anything by Karl Pilkington he just has this funny way of thinking.
Now i have had this discussion with my sister recently; as she reckons its all fake an act. this whole an idiot abroad. now im on the wave of thinking that don't really mind, if it's genuine then it's really funny but if it is all put on well its still really funny.
Obviously I havent finished it yet. but its one of those books that it doesnt take finishing it to be able to review it.
if you are from another planet or dont watch tv. and dont know what an idiot abroad is. well it pretty much says what it is on the title. Poor Karl Pilkington is sent to different places in the world and tortured (not literally) (think of the films Saw. but instead of Jigsaw its Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant) the first series premise was the seven wonders of the world. the second one was a bucket list.
which i think gave the series more scope and more ways to give poor Karl a bad time.
The book isn't just a recounting of his travels throughout the second series. we do get his thoughts on other bucket list that he didn't do. and the whole Bungey jump thing at the begining is funny. he does moan a lot about not wanting to jump.
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