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North Korea Journal

North Korea Journal (Hardback)

By Palin, Michael

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THE BOOK BEHIND THE HIT CHANNEL 5 DOCUMENTARY A glimpse of life inside the world's most secretive country, as told by Britain's best-loved travel writer.

ISBN 9781786331908
Barcode 9781786331908
Published 17 September 2019 by Cornerstone
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781786331908
ISBN-10 178633190X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Hutchinson
Publication Date 17 September 2019
International Publication Date 19 September 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Palin, Michael
Category Photographic Reportage
Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 587g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress TRAVEL / Asia / General, Autobiography general, Photographic reportage, Memoirs, Korea North - Social life and customs
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 951.93
Catalogue Code 999362

Description of this Book

THE BOOK BEHIND THE HIT CHANNEL 5 DOCUMENTARY A glimpse of life inside the world's most secretive country, as told by Britain's best-loved travel writer. In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a cut-off land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside has barely moved beyond a centuries-old peasant economy but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground train stations. His resulting documentary for Channel 5 was widely acclaimed. Now he shares his day-by-day diary of his visit, in which he describes not only what he saw - and his fleeting views of what the authorities didn't want him to see - but recounts the conversations he had with the country's inhabitants, talks candidly about his encounters with officialdom, and records his musings about a land wholly unlike any other he has ever visited - one that inspires fascination and fear in equal measure. Written with Palin's trademark warmth and wit, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An eye-opening look at a place that doesn't figure on most travellers' bucket lists * Kirkus * The Python's most dangerous journey yet. Palin journeyed into the heart of Kim Jong-un's repressive and secretive regime. * The Times, 50 Best Book for Autumn * [Lifts] the veil on one of the last blind spots on the globe * Irish Independant * A fascinating proposition...[a] winning mix of genuine interest, good-humoured charm and that deceptively steely nose for humbug. * Wanderlust *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway's Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2013 he was made a BAFTA fellow. He lives in London.

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