Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Brisk, fresh ... makes you want to go where he has gone, if not necessarily to eat camel liver." -Daily Telegraph UK
"A good-humored romp through the greatest desert on earth." -Spectator UK
"A classic for the armchair traveler ... one is left full of admiration for the good-natured patience of our genial guide." -Ireland on Sunday
"Ever affable and eclectic, Palin disarms and delights. He has an unerring eye for the bizarre. His book is sheer escapism, pure entertainment, and I love it."
-- Sunday Times (London)
"Palin brings into focus the complex issues facing this region and the simmering tensions that lurk just beneath the surface."
-- Library Journal
About the Author
is one of the most popular comic figures of our time. His exploits with the Monty Python team and in subsequent films such as A Fish Called Wanda
are now the stuff of legend. It is as the adventurous traveller of his major television series however that he has acquired a vast and loyal following.