Author(s): Michael Palin
'The pace of this kind of travel has not much changed since Fogg set out in 1872. Trains may be a little faster, but there are certainly no high-speed rail links yet across India, China or the USA. Passenger services have practically disappeared from the world's shipping lanes ...Recourse to air travel, even as a convenient means of escape, was not allowed.' Following the route taken by Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club to circumnavigate the world. The rules were simple, but nothing else about the trip was straightforward...From a tour of Venice on a rubbish barge to ship spotting at the Suez Canal and the bicycle rush hour and snake snacks in China, this is an unparalleled tribute to man's ability to make life difficult for himself.
Published for the first time in Phoenix, in the stylish new series look. This is published alongside FULL CIRCLE and POLE TO POLE - also new to Phoenix. Michael Palin's books dominate the bestseller list - he regularly holds the No.1 slot for weeks at a time. Michael Palin always receives terrific reviews for his travel writing: 'The ultimate armchair travel book' Guardian. 'Coupled with his eye for detail, he has the diarist's willingness to try anything and to laugh at himself ... travel-writing of unpretentious charm and enjoyable originality' Independent. 'Brisk, fresh and makes you want to go where he has gone' Daily Telegraph. 'Palin is the Python we all want to go abroad with' Observer. 'He observes shrewdly, writes wittily; laughs with, not at, the people he meets, and charmingly slips in a huge amount of information. His approach still towers above its imitators' Independent. 'Palin is as engaging a writer as he is a presenter, and one keeps turning the pages with anticipation and pleasure' Sunday Telegraph. 'A glorious travel book. There's never a dull moment' Daily Mail.
Michael Palin established his reputation with MONTH PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS and RIPPING YARNS. A self-confessed dromomaniac (travel addict), he has written books to accompany his highly successful travel series, and is a regular No.1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.