An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington, Paperback

An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington Paperback

3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Presenting the Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington: Adventurer.

Philosopher. Idiot. Karl Pilkington isn't keen on travelling. Given the choice, he'll go on holiday to Devon or Wales or, at a push, eat English food on a package holiday in Majorca.

Which isn't exactly Michael Palin, is it? So what happened when he was convinced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to go on an epic adventure to see the Seven Wonders of the World? Travel broadens the mind, right? You'd think so...Find out in Karl Pilkington's hilarious travel diaries. 'He is a moron. A completely round, empty-headed, part-chimp Manc.' RICKY GERVAIS 'He'd have been happier in medieval times in a village where you didn't travel beyond the local community.' STEPHEN MERCHANT


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, Four 8 page colour insets with line drawings in the text
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9781847679277



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I bought this book on a whim after looking at a YouTube video of Karl talking to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. It was a hoot! Any my son tells me that he and his wife roar with laughter when watch the television show this book is based on. I can believe it, but I don't think the video to book translation works all that well. The book itself is hilarious for the first 40-50 pages. Then it becomes an believably tedious bore as Karl reacts pretty much the same way to each experience: he hates the food, he hates adventure, he hates travel, etc., etc. By about page 150 you are ready to toss him overboard and just get on with it!

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You really need to be a fan of the program "An Idiot Abroad" (UK) to fully appreciate this book. Karl is just as funny in print as he on the television. There are some great anecdotes that were not in the the series final cut involving the crew and various locals. Amust read for Pilkington fans!

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I found this book repeats itself, he says the same thing about each country! Just my opinion but I don't find him funny at all, he just grates on me.

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