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Michael Palin Diaries 1969-1979 The Python Years


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MICHAEL PALIN has kept a diary since he married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter (for the Two Ronnies and David Frost). Monty Python was just around the corner.

This first volume, Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years, is now available in paperback at 15.50 euros. It reveals how Monty Python emerged and triumphed and how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam came together and changed the face of British comedy. But this is only part of Palin’s story.

His family is growing, he lives in a north London Victorian terrace and he has his solo work as an actor in Three Men in a Boat. Meanwhile, hugely successful movies that followed the TV series Monty Python refuse to go away and his account of the making of both The Holy Grail and The Life of Brian movies are page-turners. The at times extraordinary goings on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team makes perceptive, funny and riveting reading.