L'un des plus grands mystères maritimes, qui excita l'imagination de grands écrivains, tels Joseph Conrad et Jules Verne, enfin dévoilé ! Un texte magistral de Michael Palin.
En septembre 2014, au fond des eaux glacées du Grand Nord canadien, la poupe brisée d'un vaisseau fut découverte. Il s'agissait d'un bateau mythique qui avait disparu plus de 160 ans auparavant : l'Erebus.
Fasciné, Michael Palin décide de redonner vie au navire, depuis sa mise à l'eau en 1826 jusqu'à ses missions d'exploration en Antarctique qui ont conduit à sa gloire, puis à son ultime catastrophe en Arctique.
Il revisite les parcours entremêlés des hommes qui ont partagé son chemin : le fougueux James Clark Ross, qui cartographia une partie des régions australes et supervisa les premières expérimentations scientifiques menées sur place, le discret Francis Crozier, éternel second, et John Franklin, homme tourmenté qui, à l'âge de 60 ans et après une carrière en dents de scie, prit le commandement du bateau. Pour le pire...
Une grande aventure humaine racontée par un homme féru d'histoire et à l'humour inimitable.
One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just 80 days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passpartout. Overcoming setbacks they race against the clock.
If you've ever wondered what happened to the young fellow from Malta who bought his grandfather an altar...If you're concerned about the camper called Jack who found a huge snake in his pack...And if you suspect that an eccentric landowner called Grey spent Christmas a very strange way but aren't sure precisely what that entailed...Then a dip into Michael Palin's Sackful of Limericks will provide all the answers - and a lot of fun besides.
Drawn from his published diaries, this is Michael Palin's account of the making of the Monty Python TV and stage shows, films, books and albums. Monty Python at Work opens on 8th July 1969 with Michael Palin's diary entry for the first day of filming on the very first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The diary entries that follow - up until the opening of their final feature film, The Meaning of Life, in 1983 - chart the tumultuous story of how the now famous shows and films were conceived and brought to life. Palin records the evolution of Monty Python's comic style, the moments of creative inspiration as well as discord, the persistent self-doubt, and the happy accidents that shaped what are now classic comedy moments. He captures too the group's many anarchic exploits (John Cleese in a bikini; driving a Budget Rent-a-Van up Glencoe in full chainmail; filming 'Scott of the Sahara' on the beach at Torquay.), as well as their battles with BBC suits, budget-conscious film producers and self-appointed censors. Thanks to Palin's as-it-happened accounts, we are taken behind the scenes to watch with unrivalled intimacy the creative processes that led to the finished work, seeing how it was actually put together. By distilling everything about the Pythons at work, this edition of Palin's diaries serves as an intimate guide to the legendary shows, films, books and albums. It will delight Python fans everywhere, and be a source of instruction and inspiration to those who seek to follow in their footsteps. 'No writer-performer has combined professional hilarity and personal sanity more successfully than Michael Palin. Anyone interested in how comedy happens should hang on his every word.' David Mitchell 'Michael Palin's rollercoaster account of Python's glory years' The Stage 'Palin is a natural diarist and this amusing and barmy collection of day-by-day extracts gives a peek into the creative process of the comedy troupe' Daily Mail