Michael Palin to write new novel for W&N

<p>Michael Palin is to write a new novel for Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Palin has previously written novel <em>Hemingway&#39;s Chair </em>for Methuen, which was published in 1995. His new novel is due for publication in May 2011.</p><p>Kirsty Dunseath, publisher of W&amp;N fiction, said: &quot;Michael Palin is a fine and observant writer who has a terrific eye for unusual stories and a natural gift for characterisation. Publishing his novel will be a privilege.&quot;</p><p>Palin has written titles to accompany his TV travel series including <em>Pole to Pole</em>, <em>Full Circle</em> and <em>Sahara</em>. He is also the author of a number of children&rsquo;s stories, and the play &quot;The Weekend&quot;.<br /><br />Palin said: &quot;Ive enjoyed writing my travel books enormously but I feel it is time to give the imagination a bit of exercise.&quot;</p>