|First paperback publicaiton of Michael Palin's No. 1 bestseller. This is superb travel writing along the lines of Bill Bryson.|
Michael Palin's epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but this was perhaps the greatest challenge yet: to cross the vast and merciless Sahara desert. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes and a long history of commerce and conquest stretching from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today. On his way, he encounters dangers such as camel stew, being run over by the Paris-Dakar rally, and Dakar nightlife, as well as returning to the original spot where "The Life of Brian" was filmed.
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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I picked up this book after having watched the accompanying BBC series, so I wondered if there was anything left to know about Palin's epic journey across North Africa in 2002. I wasn't disappointed. For ninety-nine days Palin trekked through the world's most hostile terrains, whilst experiencing a diverse host of cultures. His encounters are documented in a vibrant, chatty style, which made me laugh out loud in places. You're also transported into Palin's world - a sentiment I lacked whilst watching the TV programmes. Superb colour photographs and a pleasant layout are the icing on Sahara's cake. Top marks to this book. Everyone should have one on their coffee table
User - ilovecowsuk from Glasgow, Scotland
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