A winning combination of No.1 travel writer Michael Palin and one of the great literary figures of the century.
Hemingway's world was close and uncomfortable and itchy and sweaty and frequently exhausting... This stuff was too good to be wasted on school exams. I must be bold and fearless and go out there and do it for myself" (Michael Palin).
One hundred years after the birth of Hemingway Michael Palin sets out to discover the man behind the legend. From the forests and lakes of North Michigan to the First World War battlefields in Italy, from Paris in the roaring Twenties to the Spanish Civil War, Palin journeys on. There is the running of the bulls in Pamplona, the infectious madness of the Fallas festival in Valencia, and Key West, once unspoilt but now with its own flourishing Hemingway industry. And in Cuba, Hemingway's adopted home for over twenty years, bar-hopping, marlin-fishing and daiquiris help unravel some of the myths surrounding Hemingway's life. Full of Palin's unique wit and humour, this is a fascinating insight into the extraordinary mind and life of one of the 20th century's greatest and most colourful legends.
Michael Palin is a scriptwriter, comedian, novelist, television presenter, actor and playwright. He established his reputation with MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS and RIPPING YARNS. His work also includes several films with Monty Python, as well as THE MISSIONARY, A PRIVATE FUNCTION, A FISH CALLED WANDA, AMERICAN FRIENDS and FIERCE CREATURES. His television credits include two films for the BBC's GREAT RAILWAY JOURNEYS, the plays EAST OF IPSWICH and NUMBER 27, and Alan Bleasdale's GBH.
In 2006 the first volume of his diaries, 1969-1979: THE PYTHON YEARS, spent several weeks on the bestseller lists. The second volume, HALFWAY TO HOLLYWOOD: DIARIES 1980-1988, was published in 2009. He has also written books to accompany his eight very successful travel series including HIMALAYA and POLE TO POLE. He is the author of a number of children's stories, the play THE WEEKEND and the novels HEMINGWAY'S CHAIR and THE TRUTH.