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North Korea Journal - Michael Palin

North Korea Journal

Hardcover Published: 17th September 2019
ISBN: 9781786331908
Number Of Pages: 176

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The book behind the hit Channel 5 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.

Industry Reviews

"An eye-opening look at a place that doesn't figure on most travellers' bucket lists" * Kirkus *
"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 *
"[Lifts] the veil on one of the last blind spots on the globe" * Irish Independant *
"A fascinating proposition...[a] winning mix of genuine interest, good-humoured charm and that deceptively steely nose for humbug." * Wanderlust *
"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 *

ISBN: 9781786331908
ISBN-10: 178633190X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 17th September 2019
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 16.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.59

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Michael Palin

About the Author


Michael Palin is one of the most popular comic figures of our time. His exploits with the Monty Python team and in subsequent films such as A Fish Called Wanda are now the stuff of legend. It is as the adventurous traveller of his major television series however that he has acquired a vast and loyal following.

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