Aleš Palán's highest qualification is from driving school, having passed with distinction after only five attempts. Under the Communist regime he used his creative forces to the full working as a navvy, acquiring the skills necessary to build a really impressive cottage.
A writer and journalist, his books are based on interviews with prominent Czech personalities. In view of the fact that many of his subjects died during the writing of them, there is an extraordinary interest in his services. Every Czech publisher knows exactly who he should be interviewing next — ideally without delay. Should the reader have any tips, he is more than willing to consider them.