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An Idiot Abroad
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Are the Seven Wonders really as wondrous as everybody says? Karl Pilkington doesn't think so, but then Karl is no Michael Palin. He hates travelling and prefers throwing sand at crabs or, at a push, eating English food in Spain. In his mind, Pisa is 'badly built . . . it's a hazard', the Pyramids have 'a crap design . all the space at the bottom and nowt at the top' and the Taj Mahal 'is probably shit at the back'. Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant are outraged, goading Karl to broaden his mind and visit each of these famous sites for himself. Will a close encounter with Christ the Redeemer in Brazil or a trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu be enough to change their friend? For Ricky and Steve it is a genuine social experiment. The book is a rich, fact-filled and hilarious travelogue, written with all of Karl's unusual observational skill and counter-intuitive logic that the millions of Ricky Gervais podcast fans have learnt to love.
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About the Author

Karl Pilkington has led an extraordinary and curiously individual life. As a child growing up in Manchester, he regularly missed school to accompany his parents on caravanning holidays and left without collecting his exam results. Now making up for lost time, Karl has written three bestselling books and recently embarked on a tour of the Seven Wonders of the modern world for a new Sky One television series.

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Genius or mental case? Prepare to be amazed * * Esquire * * The funniest man on the planet * * Spectator * * Not many idiots could make something this funny * * Guardian * * It's Pilkington's Neil Armstrong-size leaps of lateral thinking and incredulous Manc momotone that provide the uncontrollable laughs. * * Time Out * * Is the man an idiot or an ironist? You decide. * * Mail on Sunday * * The book is a rich, fact-filled and hilarious travelogue recorded in Pilkington's unusual observational style. * * Living North * * Enjoy rib-tickling scribblings, previously unseen photos and hilarious extracts. * * Shortlist * * Move over, Michael Palin. * * Empire * *

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