(B.T. Batsford, 1998)
ISBN 0-7134-8279-6 (1st edition) & ISBN 0-7134-8623-6 (2001 revised edition)
This book includes everything you ever wanted to know about the history and stars of the Python comedy team, from ‘And Now For Something Completely Different’ to ‘The Wind in the Willows’ via dead parrots, twelve monkeys and Basil the Rat. The revised edition was bigger, better, hardbacked and even more complete! Rare illustrations bring the Python world to life and a chronology takes the continuing Python story right up to the present day. Well, up to 2001 at least. An updated edition is pending.
Including major biographies of all the team plus all their television, stage, publishing, radio and film ventures - together and apart - as well as exclusive contributions from the Pythons themselves.
'... I learned more about the Pythons from reading this book than being one.'
'Apart from slightly underestimating the number of hairs on Terry Jones's left toe, he has left no turn un-stoned.'
'More things I never even knew let alone wanted to. Very nice raves about all my work anyway.'
'The best book on Monty Python that I've never read!'
'A reference work unsurpassed and a browse par excellence'