• Travelling to Work

  • Diaries 1988-1998
  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-11-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
  • 4.3 (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Travelling to Work is the third volume of Michael Palin's widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Palin's career takes an unexpected direction into travel, which will shape his working life for the next 25 years. Yet, as the diaries reveal, he remained ferociously busy on a host of other projects throughout this whirlwind period.
Travelling to Work opens in September 1988 with Michael travelling down the Adriatic on the first leg of a modern-day Around the World in 80 Days. He was not the BBC's first choice for the series, but after its success and that of the accompanying book, the public naturally wanted more. Palin, though, has other plans.
Following the tumultuous success of A Fish Called Wanda, he is in demand as an actor. His next film, American Friends, is based on his great-grandfather's diaries. Next he takes on his most demanding role as the head teacher in Alan Bleasdale's award-winning drama series GBH. There is also his West End play, The Weekend, and a first novel, Hemingway's Chair, and a lead role in Fierce Creatures, the much-delayed follow-up to Wanda.
Michael describes himself as 'drawn to risk like a moth to a flame. Someone grounded and safe who can be tempted into almost anything.' He duly finds time for two more travel series, Pole to Pole, in 1991; Full Circle, in 1996; and two more best-selling books to accompany them.
These latest Diaries show a man grasping every opportunity that came his way, and they deal candidly with the doubts and setbacks that accompany this prodigious word-rate. As ever, his family life, with three children growing up fast, is there to anchor him.
Travelling to Work is a roller-coaster ride driven by the Palin hallmarks of curiosity and sense of adventure. These 10 years in different directions offer riches on every page to his ever-growing army of fans.
©2014 Anna Freeman (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
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By james palmer on 07-20-15


I have really enjoyed listening to all of Micheal Palin's diaries, the way he reads makes me feels he reading just for me and that we are good friends (sadly we are not). I would recommend all 3 volumes to any one with a passing interest in British comedy, TV and Film.

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By Addlibandscore on 06-21-15

Sometimes sad sometimes very funny but always engaging. A great listen.

I enjoyed all the Michael Palin travel series and read his previous memoirs so thought I'd get this. Travelling to work brings together his thoughts about his travels and merges them with a thread of Python reminiscences, his work on films and some really difficult personal moments. He's just such an interesting bloke to listen to. Sometimes sad sometimes very funny but always engaging. A great listen! Don't get put off by the first 20 minutes. It gets better when he gets into his flow.

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