A signed first edition of the first volume of Michael Palin's celebrated diaries. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2006. Signed by the author on the title page.
Michael Palin has kept a diary since being newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter for the Two Ronnies, David Frost etc. Monty Python was just around the corner. This first volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed; how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys - Jones and Gilliam - and Eric Idle, came together and changed the face of British comedy. But this is but only part of Palin's story. Here is his growing family, his home in a north London Victorian terrace, which grows as he buys the house next door and then a second at the bottom of the garden; here, too, is his solo effort - as an actor, in Three Men in a Boat, his writing endeavours (often in partnership with Terry Jones) that produces Ripping Yarns and even a pantomime. Meanwhile Monty Python refuses to go away: the hugely successful movies that follow the TV (his account of the making of both The Holy Grail and the Life of Brian movies are pager-turners), the at times extraordinary goings-on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team, the fight to prevent a American TV network from bleeping out the best jokes on US transmission, and much more - all this makes perceptive, funny and riveting reading.
In good condition - the unclipped dustjacket shows signs of shelfwear and there are a couple of small stains on the front cover (please see photo).
A bright and clean copy of the comedian's perceptive and funny chronicle.