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Travelling to Work : Diaries 1988-1998 (Hardcover) (Michael Palin)

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title

The second volume of Michael Palin's diaries covers the bulk of the 1980s, a decade in which the ties binding the Pythons loosened--they made their last filmMonty Pyton's Meaning of Life in 1983. For Michael, writing and acting took over much of his life, culminating in his appearances inA Fish Called Wanda, in which he played the hapless, stuttering Ken, and won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.Halfway to Hollywood follows Palin's torturous trail through seven movies and ends with his final preparations for the documentary that was to change his life--Around the World in 80 Days.During these years he co-wrote and acted in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits as well as spearing in Gilliam's follow-up successBrazil. Palin co-produced, wrote and played the lead in The Missionary opposite Maggie Smith, who also appeared with him inA Private Function, written by Alan Bennett. In television the decade was memorablefor East of Ipswich, inspired his links with Suffolk. Such was his fame in the US, he was enticed into once again hosting the enormously popular showSaturday Night Live. He filmed one of the BBC's Great Railway Journeys as well as becoming chairman of the pressure group Transport 2000. His life with Helen and the family remains a constant, as the children enter their teens.Palin's joy of writing is evident once more in Halfway to Hollywood as he demonstrates his continuing sense of wonder at the world in which he finds himself. A world of screens large and small.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title

The second volume of Michael Palin's diaries covers the bulk of the 1980s, a decade in which the ties binding the Pythons loosened--they made their last filmMonty Pyton's Meaning of Life in 1983. For Michael, writing and acting took over much of his life, culminating in his appearances inA Fish Called Wanda, in which he played the hapless, stuttering Ken, and won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.Halfway to Hollywood follows Palin's torturous trail through seven movies and ends with his final preparations for the documentary that was to change his life--Around the World in 80 Days.
During these years he co-wrote and acted in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits as well as spearing in Gilliam's follow-up successBrazil. Palin co-produced, wrote and played the lead in The Missionary opposite Maggie Smith, who also appeared with him inA Private Function, written by Alan Bennett. In television the decade was memorablefor East of Ipswich, inspired his links with Suffolk. Such was his fame in the US, he was enticed into once again hosting the enormously popular showSaturday Night Live. He filmed one of the BBC's Great Railway Journeys as well as becoming chairman of the pressure group Transport 2000. His life with Helen and the family remains a constant, as the children enter their teens.
Palin's joy of writing is evident once more in Halfway to Hollywood as he demonstrates his continuing sense of wonder at the world in which he finds himself. A world of screens large and small.

Number of Pages: 563.0
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Series Title: Michael Palin Diaries
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Michael Palin
Language: English
Street Date: November 24, 2015
TCIN: 23936964
UPC: 9781250077073
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-8156

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