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Michael Palin: A Biography
The long awaited biography of a unique showbusiness personality, from python to televsion traveller Michael Palin's life from his Yorkshire childhood to Hollwood stardom and growth into a household name is one of the most remarkable and unique stories of showbusiness. But Palin specialises in the unexpected. Renowned for being the nicest man in showbusiness, a fact he woul ...more
Paperback, 233 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Orion Books
(first published 1997)
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An interesting biography written in 1998, so well before the publication of the Palin diaries. There is a lot of detail about Michael Palin's early life and family background but it is sketchy on his later personal feelings and his relationships. I don't think it is the fault of the author, more that Palin has always been reserved in talking about his personal life. It will be an enjoyable read for any fans of Monty Python as it does have some insight into how the group came together and became ...more
This is a workmanlike popular biography of Palin, drawing on published sources but also including new interview material. The book works methodically through the various stages of his life and career, beginning with his family roots in Sheffield, schooling at Birkdale and Shrewsbury, and his time at Oxford, where he fell in with Terry Jones and Robert Hewison. In due course Palin was talent-scouted as a writer by David Frost, and his TV career developed into Monty Python and from there to film s ...more
An interesting work about Michael Palin's professional life. If you want to know about his private life behind the scenes, this is not the book for you - although Margolis does cover his boyhood years and when he met his wife (sparse details but enough ). This is a solid work, well researched and presents a readable account. There are some grammatical and spelling errors however, which with tighter editing could have been corrected.
Jonathan Margolis is a journalist for The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times (UK). He has been a contributor to Time as well as several other online magazines. He has written several celebrity biographies including ones on John Cleese, Uri Geller and the orgasm.More about Jonathan Margolis...