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Welcome to Sahara

Sahara is one of the most powerful and evocative names on the world map. As a child, the images I had of the Sahara were both frightening and intriguing - palm trees, camels, turbanned travellers reclining, whilst being poured sparkling water by urn-carrying maidens in flimsy veils. It looked fun. I also knew that most western explorers who tried to cross it never came back. The combination of seduction and severity appealed to me. In the spring of 2000 I decided that it should be the next television journey.

It promised to be tough, but that?s what the viewer seemed to like. It also offered the chance of going into, if not the unknown, certainly the very little known.

The BBC were enthused by my enthusiasm, but wary, I think, of too much sand. They offered four one-hour programmes, as opposed to seven 50-minutes on Eighty Days, eight on Pole to Pole and ten on Full Circle.

The filming took place between February 2001 and February 2002, with work on the book squeezed in between our various trips to the desert (the longest of which was a virtually non-stop seven weeks from Western Algeria to Timbuktu).

The book and series were delivered in May 2002 and the series began transmission on October 13. An average of 8.25 million people watched the four programmes, a bigger share of the audience than Full Circle. The call of the Sahara, it seems, is not just my own private fantasy.

Michael Palin, 5th December 2002

Product Details

Basil Pao
St. Martin's Griffin
Palin, Michael
New York
Description and travel
Essays & Travelogues
Special Interest - Adventure
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
April 2003
Grade Level:
Includes 175 color and bandw photos thro
12.74 x 6.98 x 0.93 in

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Sahara Used Hardcover
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Product details 272 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312305413 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This tie-in to the Bravo series...consists of Palin's journal entries, full of his trademark self-deprecating humor....Readers looking for engaging, detailed insight to the Sahara will hit paydirt here..."
"Review" by , "[Palin] is a writer and world traveler with a large following; as a reader of his own words, his latest entry in this venue will not disappoint his many fans, or even newcomers to his work. Highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by ,
Michael Palin's epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean. This was perhaps the greatest challenge yet: to cross the vast and merciless Sahara desert.

Shrugging aside the perils of camel stew and being run over by the Paris-Dakar rally, he travels through some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. For the Sahara is no empty wasteland, but home to a diversity of cultures whose long history stretches from the time of the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today.

"Synopsis" by ,
Michael Palin's travel books have repeatedly topped the bestseller lists. In this book he is back at his adventurous best tie-ing in with a major BBC TV series. The book/series will travel through many countries little known to the West, providing opportunities for Palinesque adventures to please the large and loyal audience who followed 80 Days, Pole to Pole and Full Circle.

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