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MICHAEL PALIN'S NEW BOOK WINS HIM TRAVEL WRITER'S AWARD

 JERSEY CITY, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Palin's travel adventure book "Pole to Pole," just released here in the United States, has won him a major U.K. literary award -- Best Travel Writer 1992 -- from Publishing News magazine.
 A best-seller in the United Kingdom last fall, the 320-page and color-photo-filled "Pole to Pole" ($29.95, BBC/Parkwest) is now available in U.S. bookstores (or call 201-432-3257).
 Appraising the book, New York-based Publishers Weekly said: "The ultimate travel adventure of the jet age may be to journey from the North Pole to the South Pole by every means but airplane" and "British actor-writer-TV producer Palin rose to the challenge in 1991 when he and a BBC-TV crew undertook a five-month trip along the 30 degree east line of longitude."
 Publishers Weekly continued, "They travelled through 17 countries by bus, train, barge, ship, bicycle, car, balloon and raft, but when prearranged transport failed them in the last leg of their journey, there was nothing for it but to take a plane.
 "Palin vividly reports on the almost daily changes of panorama and the sometimes acutely experienced differences in climate, culture, politics, plumbing, lodgings, food and mores," wrote Publishers Weekly. "He recoups a keen sense of fun -- and of trauma -- during the days of this Grand Tour. The narrative is witty, and Palin's exuberance contagious."
 Publishers Weekly also reported: "Crew photographer Basil Pao illustrates (the book) with a profusion of seductive color shots."
 "Pole to Pole" is wonderful travel reading, and together with Palin's earlier travel epic "Around the World in 80 Days" ($17.50 paperback, BBC/Parkwest) is a complete pleasure for travel adventure enthusiasts and Michael Palin fans.
 -0- 4/30/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Review copies are available/
 /CONTACT: Brian Squire of Parkwest Publications, 201-432-3257/


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