Travelling To Work is the third volume of Michael Palin’s widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Palin’s career takes an unexpected detour into travel, which will shape his working life for the next 25 years. Yet, as the diaries reveal, he remained ferociously busy on a host of other projects throughout this whirlwind period.
There was his film American Friends, a role in Alan Bleasdale’s award-winning drama GBH, the staging of his West End play The Weekend, a first novel, Hemingway’s Chair, and a lead role in Fierce Creatures. He did find time for two more travel series, Pole To Pole in 1991 and Full Circle in 1996, and wrote two bestselling books to accompany them. These ten years in different directions offer riches on every page.