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The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 Volume One Hardcover – 3 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; 01 edition (3 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297844369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297844365
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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His showbiz observations are so absorbing . . . Palin is an elegant and engaging writer (GUARDIAN)

Accomplished . . . If Palin's comic genius is a given, this is a more rounded portrait of the decade which saw the Pythons become icons. Our favourite TV explorer shows us the workings of an unstoppable machine (DAILY EXPRESS)

Palin's style is so fluid, and his sincerity so palpable, that it is often easy to underestimate just how talented he is as a comedian, broadcaster and a writer . . . [the diaries] are just too good and he is too modest (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

Delightful and often extraordinarily funny . . . An entertaining and at times deeply moving read (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

If anyone writes a diary purely for the joy of it, it is Michael Palin . . . This combination of niceness, with his natural volubility, creates Palin's expansiveness (THE TIMES)

Palin's steady eye, contemplative bent and instinct for honest appraisal make him the perfect chronicler of a frequently insane period which saw the Monty Python team become the most celebrated comedians in the world (TIME OUT)

A real delight to read (SAGA MAGAZINE)

A slow burn, revealing its pleasures only gradually, and allowing readers the warm glow of hindsight denied its writer . . . This book will make the perfect present for those comedy obsessives of a certain age, who will know exactly what it is long before they have unwrapped it (SPECTATOR)

This combination of niceness, with his natural volubility, creates Palin's expansiveness. (David Baddiel THE TIMES)

Palin's style is so fluid, and his sincerity so palpable, that it is often easy to underestimate just how talented he is as a comedian, a broadcaster and a writer..... they are just too good and his is too modest. (Ruth Cowen THE SUNDAY EXPRESS)

a real delight to read; (SAGA MAGAZINE)

his showbiz observations are so absorbing..... Palin is an elegant and engaging writer. (William Cook THE GUARDIAN)

Palin's steady eye, contemplative bent and instinct for honest appraisal make him the perfect chronicler of a frequently insane period which saw the 'Monty Python' team become the most celebrated comedians in the world. (John O'Connell TIME OUT)

'a slow burn, revealing its pleasures only gradually, and allowing readers the warm glow of hindsight denied its writer¿¿ this book will be the perfect present.¿ (Marcus Berkmann THE SPECTATOR)

'the charting of the haphazard and often perilous ascent of the Python phenomenon up the greasy pole of fame makes for delightful and often extraordinarily funny reading¿. An entertaining and at times deeply moving read. With nearly two decades of recent dairies still untapped, we may confidently sit back and wait for more.¿ (Michael Simkins THE MAIL ON SUNDAY)

a wealth of fascinating stuff about Monty Python. (William Cook THE INDEPENDENT)

our favourite TV explorer shows us the workings of an unstoppable machine. (DAILY EXPRESS)

a riveting commentary to a remarkably creative decade. (ACADEMY)

Book Description

Michael Palin's diaries of his life before, during and after Monty Python.

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