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North Korea Journal

Michael Palin

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Hutchinson
19 September 2019
Photographic reportage; Autobiography: general; Travel & holiday; Travel writing
THE BOOK BEHIND THE HIT DOCUMENTARY A glimpse of life inside the world's most secretive country, as told by Britain's best-loved travel writer.

In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a cut-off land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside has barely moved beyond a centuries-old peasant economy but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground train stations. His resulting documentary for Channel 5 was widely acclaimed.

Now he shares his day-by-day diary of his visit, in which he describes not only what he saw - and his fleeting views of what the authorities didn't want him to see - but recounts the conversations he had with the country's inhabitants, talks candidly about his encounters with officialdom, and records his musings about a land wholly unlike any other he has ever visited - one that inspires fascination and fear in equal measure.

Written with Palin's trademark warmth and wit, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.
By:   Michael Palin
Imprint:   Hutchinson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   587g
ISBN:   9781786331908
ISBN 10:   178633190X
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   19 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway's Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2013 he was made a BAFTA fellow. He lives in London.

Reviews for North Korea Journal

The most recent - and the most extraordinary - trip was his exploration of North Korea... in his North Korea Journal... he offers fresh insight into the secretive country, which he approached with his signature openness and curiosity. * Radio Times * A fascinating proposition...[a] winning mix of genuine interest, good-humoured charm and that deceptively steely nose for humbug. * Wanderlust * [Lifts] the veil on one of the last blind spots on the globe * Irish Independent * The Python's most dangerous journey yet. Palin journeyed into the heart of Kim Jong-un's repressive and secretive regime. * The Times, 50 Best Book for Autumn * An eye-opening look at a place that doesn't figure on most travellers' bucket lists * Kirkus *


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