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Michael Palin - BrazilThere are many people without whose help and expertise Brazil would never have happened and to whom I owe enormous thanks. Steve Abbott and Paul Bird have been there from the start, along with others at my office, especially Sue Grant, and Juliana Schuch, Lyn Dougherty and Mimi Robinson. Roger Mills, in whose company I set off on the very first journey back in 1988, this time gave his support and guidance as Executive Producer.

Taking the central role in planning and shooting the journey were my two directors, John-Paul Davidson and Frank Hanly, with the invaluable help of Rebecca Harris, Dulce Continentino, Willow Murton and Roberta Fortuna. My magnificent film crew was Nigel Meakin and Sebastian Dunn. Throughout our journey we were met with the most generous and enthusiastic support from local people, many of whom already appear in the pages of the book. To all those Brazilians who gave their time and energy I give my wholehearted thanks.

Others without whom we could not have contemplated and completed the series were Charlotte Moore at the BBC, Peter Meakin on camera in the North-East, and the man who introduced me to Brazil, Steven Chew.

This book owes much to Michael Dover, my editor, and Basil Pao, who in addition to his usual great job as travelling stills photographer, also took on the mantle of designer. Mary Spence has done a fine job on the maps. Thanks too to Alan Samson, Linden Lawson, and all the team at Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and, as ever, to Angela Martin.

The Footprint Guide and the Rough Guide were my two main companions to Brazil, and I owe a great debt of thanks to John Hemming for his invaluable series of books on the Amazon and Brazilian history. Also hugely helpful were Greg Grandin's Fordlandia, Josh Lacey's God Is Brazilian, Alex Bellos's Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, Peter Robb's inspirational A Death In Brazil, the Bradt Guide to Bahia and the Time Out Guide to Rio.
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  • Series: Brazil
  • Chapter: Acknowledgements
  • Country/sea: England
  • Place: London
  • Book page no: 317

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