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"A glimpse of life inside the world?s most secretive country, as told by Britain?s best-loved travel writer.
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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 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."