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Sahara by Michael Palin

Published September 13, 2021

Sahara by Michael Palin

Palin’s journey this time takes some sandy footsteps through the world’s most famous desert. It’s an interesting premise and visits some fascinating places - not all steeped in sand, obviously, but quite a lot of them featuring soaring temperatures and desperate poverty. This book also chronicles how the journey took place at the same time as 9/11 was happening on the other side of the world.

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure by Michael Palin

Published August 30, 2021

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure by Michael Palin

I’ve been working my way through Michael Palin’s back catalogue of travel adventures, and if I’m honest, this is the one I was least interested in reading. I don’t know anything about Hemingway or why he’s so important, so a lot of it went over my head. However, I do think it’s a nice idea to follow in someone’s footsteps and dig into the things that made them tick. And Palin is so brilliant, that it doesn’t really matter where he goes, it’s always interesting to read his impressions of the sights, smells and sounds that he stumbles across along the way.

Full Circle by Michael Palin

Published June 13, 2021

Full Circle by Michael Palin

I really enjoyed this book, more than the previous Palin outings, although they all stand up in their own right. There’s something about this one though, perhaps because there was no specific time pressure or stress in the normal way. I love the concept, it’s a great idea and not only visits a lot of countries that are usually missed off the travel agenda, but also shows some great variety in wealth and development. Also, at this point in Palin’s travel career, he’s returning to places he’s already been and seeing how they’ve changed which is also fascinating to learn about.

Pole to Pole by Michael Palin

Published September 12, 2020

Pole to Pole by Michael Palin

Michael Palin’s second travel adventure was a direct opposite of his first - rather than going around the whole world, this time he travelled from top to bottom. It was nicer that there was no time pressure, allowing for a little bit more expanse at certain stops, and certainly less worrying about the travel arrangements (although they didn’t always go to plan). And of course it was interesting to visit different countries - particularly as this trip seems to have occurred at a very changeable time in history.

North Korea Journal by Michael Palin

Published July 19, 2020

North Korea Journal by Michael Palin

It’s Michael Palin’s way to release an accompanying book to go with his travel adventures on TV, and his trip to North Korea was no different. Well, I suppose it was very different and the book is a great way to relive it. I watched the programme when it was on, which was a long while ago, so it was good to revisit things in another medium. The book takes the form of a diary with day by day thoughts and exploits, alongside lots of photos.

Around the World in Eighty Days by Michael Palin

Published May 14, 2020

Around the World in Eighty Days by Michael Palin

Listened to Michael narrating his journey around the world in audiobook form and it was lovely. Such a warm guide, gently travelling across the globe by boat and train, avoiding planes and desperately trying to keep ahead of the schedule. You can easily see Michael loves the people that he meets – spending so much time in close confines with people on boats, you’ve got to be open-minded and gracious and the hero that Palin is.