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A collection of baffling, hilarious, infuriating yet curiously compelling insights and anecdotes, diary entries, poems, "true" facts, cartoons, and assorted witterings concerning travel from the mind of Karl Pilkington, the unlikely star of the Ricky Gervais Show, the World's funniest and most successful podcast.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 29th 2007 by DK ADULT (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sun Brockie
Not sure if it's because I'm a big fan of the Ricky Gervais XFM broadcasts and his famed podcasts (as Karl is nearly the main feature in them all) but this book was hilarious! Nearly every chapter made me *laugh out loud* in the literal sense. Definitely the polar opposite of an intellectual read, but worth it for the hilarity. None of the stories are fiction either - at least to Karl they aren't. Would have taken me less than a day to get thru the book if I had a day to waste. Definitely a good...more
Mike Steven
For me, the genius of Karl in the podcasts is that he was unaware that he is such a hilarious man. Steve and Ricky set him going - and then we laughed along with them at his ridiculous, outlandish statements.



In this book, Karl is aware that he is an amusing man but he is trying to recreate his spontaneous, natural statements in a concious way. Originally the humour resided in the fact that he was unaware how funny his opinions are - now he's aware of it and is deliberately doing it, some of the...more
Larry
Not something I'd read usually but my wife got it from the library so it was lying around. It was o.k. for bathroom reading but, having listened to Karl and Ricky Gervais on the podcast, I could always here Karl's voice in my head and Ricky's hysterical laugh!
If nothing else, this book settled the question for me of whether Karl is a comedy genius or just an idiot...
Sam Still Reading
Feb 02, 2013 Sam Still Reading rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Karl fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: I am a Karl fan
I, like a lot of people, know Karl Pilkington as the reluctant traveller from the television programme An Idiot Abroad. When I saw this online at a very good price, I simply had to pick it up. I love Karl’s one liners and the way he summarises what everyone is thinking brilliantly. This book is a collection of diary entries and summaries from trips Karl has done with his family, mates and school chums. There’s also cartoons and comic strips drawn by Karl and a few attempts at poetry, but it’s th...more
Amy Watt
This is gonna be a quick review as I have 3 logs and 2 assessments this week.

This book is typical Karl Pilkington - nothing ever impresses him and misfortune seems to follow him.

The book is written like a diary in some parts and in others it's more flashback sort of things of every holiday he's had.

I didn't like it as much as An Idiot Abroad - this is going to sound mean but I preferred it when he went to places that he didn't want to go to - not on holidays he's booked himself. I liked how Step...more
Anna  Matsuyama
People keep going on about global warming, asking us to turn the heating down cos the ice is melting and polar bears are drowning, but no one cares. They should tell everyone that angry spiders from Australia are moving over here cos of the heat, and then we'd soon turn off one of the bars on the fire.

I like Karl Pilkington, it is hard not to like him.

The book contains Karl's tales on his holiday experiences and his musing on life. With pictures and Karl's illustrations.

Fun and quick read.
Mohammad Ali Abedi
While this might be Karl Pilkington’s second book, you could really argue that it is his first actual book, as the first was mainly transcripts from the podcasts. This time around it is all original material.

The main theme of the book is Karl recounting his holidays in no chronological order. It’s all over the place, Karl might be talking about a holiday, and something he writes reminds him of a different subject and he rambles on in a different subject. Fans of Karl won’t mind, as he was exactl...more
Ian
Just not nearly as funny as he is on the podcast. When you don't hear his ridiculous accent and slow speech aloud you miss out on a lot of what makes Karl Pilkington. As another user quite rightly said, it seemed that he had become aware of the fact he's really funny. Hard to explain. Listen to the podcasts instead because they're epic and cover almost all the stories in here.
Avdrdr
Karl is a hilarious guy but somehow his humour doesn't translate well through text, I think it's best when his naivety is questioned by Ricky and Steve and he is then forced to explain his reasoning.

I enjoyed the read as it was entertaining but only gave it 2 stars.
Reenie
Sigh... this was occasionally somewhat amusing, in a mild snickery kind of way, but I feel like the genre of grumpy 30-something balding British guy going on fairly crappy holidays is already a bit tired, and there wasn't anything really crazy in this one.
Rizwan
This is even better than the podcasts! Only because it is pure unadulterated Karl with no interruptions from Ricky Gervais or Stephen Merchant. Thus Karl is allowed to expand on his nonsensical otherworldly theories in great details or the unintentional lack of it. This book covers mostly his travels with his mates, Suzanne or his parents in the form of diary entries or notes about his past adventures.

And its not just places he has traveled to. He offers a whole chapter on why he won't travel to...more
Gerard Mcghee
I am a big fan of Karl Pilkington, but this was disappointing. I realy wanted this book to make me laugh as hard as the 1st book did, perhaps some of the higher ratings here are a little guilty of hero worshipping.

Nice illustrations though.
Athena Macmillan
An okay book. The author continues on from his first book "An Idiot Abroad", and while it has some funny parts and is reasonably entertaining, it wasn't quite on par with it's predecessor.
Librarian
This book is taking me forever to get through because I can barely see the words through my tears (from laughter). Ok, maybe that's a bit hyperbolic, but this is one seriously funny book.
Samantha Freeman
Good but not his best. When you start reading his books you see some repetitions.
Isabel Tsang
I'm a little lost as to how I should rate this. No, I didn't think it was a masterpiece and probably never will, as it's hard to imagine a book using words/language such as "cos," "me mam," and "nob..." being a masterpiece.

The Karl Pilkingtonness just drips off this book (for obvious reasons as he is the one who put it together), and I have to say that is also where I enjoyed this book most. I hardly ever laugh while reading, but this book had me laughing out loud actually quite a few times. No...more
Graham
A collection of anecdotes from Karl's various holidays as a child and adult. A few laughs in it. I'm not sure if you need to know who Karl is or whether you need to understand northern humour for it to work. Probably something you would read on your own holiday whilst lay by the pool.
Gabrielle
When I first got my hands on this book, I did not expect anything out of it. While reading Karl's adventures, I sort of felt that I was there along with him. It is safe to say that Karl is amusing and funny guy. He may not be a genius but he is hilarious. I may be "an idiot" (as Ricky puts it) for thinking that Karl's a genius, but he IS. Pilkington has a unique perspective on the world, and it made me realise that it is okay to have a strange or weird outlook on things, even if it is baffling....more
Jim
Feb 18, 2008 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mental authors
Everybody's favorite baldy-headed whinging Manc twat, Karl Pilkington presents a book full of his travel musings. From visiting the Ripley's museum in Los Angeles (the accompanying photo shows him positively beaming in front of a display of a two-headed sheep) to treating his girlfriend to "a bit of the other" in Tenerife (where as Pilkington fans know, he was ultimately interrupted by a Spanish fireman), Karl travels throughout the world with the same thought in his mind: wos the point of that?...more
J Patrick  Ohlde
If you are familiar with the British Office or Extras then you probably know about Ricky Gervais. What you might not know about is the wonder and spectacle of Karl Pilkington. Starting out as Ricky's producer on his XFM radio show and eventually becoming a a regular on the show and its eventual move to podcasts, Karl stunned the listening public by being absolutely the most stupid man on the face of the planet. You never laugh with him, but the things he says are incredible. This book is a colle...more
Merja Pohjola
If a book makes me laugh out loud DESPITE the fact I have seen some of the jokes on the tv-show... well, it is well worth 5 stars ;)
Sharon
Impossible not to laugh, especially if you picture Karl reading it to you, but it's a distant second to his podcasts, and An Idiot Abroad.
Regina
This really is a quick read as it's a series of shorts/diary entries of KP vacations over the years. It just takes some time to do so when it's in the "reading room" and some of us don't spend as much time reading there as others. *smirk*

If you've every watched An Idiot Abroad, this is definitely a typical everymiserableman Karl series of stories. You can't help but laugh at how the majority of his "vacations" turn into miserable adventures abroad when he would most likely be happy at home in fr...more
Janey
He is just too funny, I love the way that he thinks :) read this under 2 days , deffo worth a look at
Gemma Ireland
Love love love this! Every page was hilarious to the point of tears haha.
Belinda
This book is awesome. Karl is hilarious and at times ridiculously insightful. I love his podcasts with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant but it was neat to hear what Karl had to say without being heckled by his peers...Though it make me a little sad to know that his epic journeys in An Idiot Abroad were not his first travel experiences.

Anyway. The book is great. The accent was at times challenging but it certainly didn't take away from his story telling. If you like anything Karl, read it. If y...more
Julie


Karl just makes me laugh. Just picturing him in my mind makes me laugh. His humor is so matter-of-fact that most times he doesn't really realize that he is being funny.

If you have never seen Karl on TV or listened to his podcasts I suggest you do before reading this book. Much of understanding his humor comes from understanding his delivery. When you read you must actually imagine how he would be saying it and imagine his facial expression and voice inflection. Makes it so funny!

Loved the book...more
Phil Szyjka
A funny, fast read. Not much differnt than "The World of Carl Pilkington" though. An illustrated rehash of his diary entrys from The Ricky Gervais Show podcast series, with a few extras. Great pictures and drawings. Stories are all travel related. The ramblings of an idiot with a head that looks like a fucking orange.

"I dont like Jellyfish, they're not a fish, they're a blob.
They don't have eyes, fins or scales like a cod
They float about blind, stinging people in seas,
And no one eats them with...more
Jonathan Davies
I read this book after the first series of idiot abroad aired way back when, I honestly dont know when i read this book but i know it was some time ago as it was one of the first books i read cover to cover.
Karl Pilkington, is the average ape. He is often the voice of reason in many situations and voices his sometimes irregular opinions that are mostly not spoke about in polite public. This book is a travel dairy of the travels he went on outside of the tv series and i often had a chuckle or tw...more
Justin
As a huge fan of the Karl/Ricky/Steve ensemble, I thought this book was great. Laugh out loud funny at times!

Some of the material I've heard already (perhaps Karl's diary readings on the show?), but most of it was new.

The book is Karl talking about various travels he's been on. Some of it was in diary form, while some was just him talking about it.

Some of my favorite parts are when he discusses time in the US, Disney World especially. An outsiders take (and not just any outsider) on the fat Amer...more
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Karl Pilkington is a Sony Award-winning English radio producer, poet, podcaster, raconteur and author, best known for producing and co-presenting The Ricky Gervais Show on London radio station Xfm from 2001 to 2005 and later in the form of podcasts and a television show on HBO. In October 2006, Pilkington's first book The World of Karl Pilkington was published, featuring original ideas and drawing...more
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“I don't like jellyfish, they’re not a fish, they're just a blob.
They don’t have eyes, fins or scales like a cod.
They float about blind, stinging people in the seas,
And no one eats jellyfish with chips and mushy peas.
Get rid of 'em!”
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