New Michael Palin journal to be published

Michael Palin’s journey from his recent trip to North Korea will be published next September.

In May 2018, Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which resulted in a Channel 5 documentary.

Palin is sharing his day-by-day diary of his trip in the new book – which is currently untitled.

Palin describes what he saw of the isolated regime and “his fleeting views of what Kim Jong-un’s officials did not want him to see,” according to his publishers.

The book features Palin’s conversations with locals and he talks “candidly about his encounters with North Korea’s never-ending red tape”. His diary will be accompanied by full-colour photographs.

“Maps, guide books and internet access were all denied to me as I travelled in North Korea,” said Palin.

“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.”

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