North Korea Journal

North Korea Journal

Travel & Maps, Travel Writing, Non-Fiction
Hardback Published on: 19/09/2019
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North Korea Journal
Kinda wanna go there now...
Loved it. I love reading about this strange country, it's bizarre and interesting and not as awful as you first think. Michael Palin is the perfect person ... READ MORE
Becky, Waterstones Gloucester


'Maps, guide books and internet access were all denied to me as I travelled in North Korea. The daily journal which I wrote up every evening was the only way I could record my personal impressions of this eccentric land. And I lived with the daily fear that I might lose that as well. Fortunately we left the country together, my journals and me. And they have quite a story to tell.' - Michael Palin

The book behind the 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, author 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.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9781786331908
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 580g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 164 x 22 mm

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North Korea Journal
Beautiful Presentation
This is a beautiful little book covering Michael’s 15 days visiting North Korea whilst filming for ITN/Channel 5. Whilst the journal is shorter than expect... READ MORE
Tom Drinkwater
North Korea Journal
Axis Of Evil.
Michael Palin has had a distinguished career in the world of film, broadcasting, literature and travel. I read his North Korea Journal in two sittings, it ... READ MORE
Mark Rothwell