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Michael Parkinson: My Autobiography Hardcover – October 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Reprint edition (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034096166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340961667
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,164,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend it heavily. It's a wonderful book Melvyn Bragg Parky's book is a joyous, breezy read, as much for the improbability of his early escapades as for his backstage anecdotes about the stars. It is also beautifully written Daily Telegraph The early chapters about his childhood and early career ... are disarmingly modest and offer a proper glimpse into another world Independent Crisp and detailed prose ... with an especially impressive account of a pre-second world war childhood in the north Mark Lawson, Guardian Funny and self-deprecating and just as laid-back as he is on camera Boyd Tonkin, Independent This autobiography is just like an extended edition of a brilliant Parkinson on television - engrossing and entertaining Irish Times

About the Author

Michael Parkinson is not only a legendary TV and radio presenter, both in the UK and Australia, but an award-winning journalist. In 2007 he announced his retirement from his ITV chat show, but will continue his involvement with TV and radio. Michael Parkinson was awarded a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year's Honours list.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams on December 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Michael Parkinson is a celebrated journalist and TV broadcaster who forced his way into our households in the 1970s, with his perfected manner of being able to sit on a chair opposite a much larger profiled celebrity, whilst pretending to be interested in their personal lives. Undoubtedly the man will only ever be recognised for his chatshow in which he interviewed some of the worlds most famous people and creating some of the most memorable interview moments. From Muhammad Ali to Tony Blair there's no doubting that "Parky" has met them all and who would have thought that a man such as this could carry a chat show for so long.

When comparing "Parkinson" to some recent chat shows in the UK, we will notice that the new shows are very much comedy based and don't really tell us much about the celebrity. Michael Parkinson had a talent for speaking with what some would believe to be some of the more private celebrities and allow them to open up to the world. He would feed them a well planned and well fitting question and sometimes make that one question the entire interview. Other celebrities such as Orson Welles simply told Michael to get rid of the questions and just talk to each other as friends would.

Although many of the celebrities who appeared on "Parkinson" made his show famous, there's no doubting the celebrity making power of the show. He's created a few superstars in his time by inviting people on as guests who were at the time relatively unknown entertainers and thanks to "Parky" they became household names. Some of the biggest names that will openly accept that it was their appearance on "Parkinson" that launched their careers would be Billy Connoly, Peter Kay and Katy Melua.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara C Browning on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book as soon as it became available because of my admiration for Michael Parkinson as an interviewer, and as a seemingly down to earth character. The book did not disappoint. There is both lightness in the execution of telling his story, and an unexpected depth evident in the accounts of his life and work. In fact the whole book was like a wonderfully extended Michael Parkinson interview, but this time with himself. Full of humour, interest, incisiveness and truth. Once started, it is very difficult to put down. In fact I could not, and spent most of a day being regaled with stories from a very full and interesting life. Yes there is sport stuff in it, but if like me you are a total dummy regarding the subject (and proud of it!), you can skip over the more detailed bits. BUT, his stories re George Best and Mohammed Ali are sad but touching tributes to both men. Don't skip over those!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric F. Carter on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Regular viewers or fans of Parkinson will find little new in this book but it is a very easy read and most enjoyable. What is of interest is the fact that, in the entertainment industry, Parkinson rubs shoulders with just about everyone. Without doubt he is the consumate professional and his self deprecating humour treats lightly the skill and care he took to create the image that made his shows worthy of collection. From humble beginnings to friend of Royalty and the rich and famous this story is a page turner and relevant at this moment.

Eric Carter..Hong Kong
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. V. Quayle on January 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A very good read, i had expected the second half of his life with his constant stream of celebrity anecdotes to be interesting but the true star of the book throughout was his father. Parky you were blest, as i was, with parents who loved and cared for you, your stories of your father brought back so many memories of my own that it made reading the book doubly enjoyable. For those of you who were not this lucky, forget boring child care books, this book shows you how to be a good parent, follow parky's dad and you wont go far wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P on May 8, 2012
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I grew up watching Parky as a Saturday night tradition and this book was brilliant. I encourage anyone who has laughed, cried or learned something from a Parky interview to read this book. It really is excellent. 5 out of 5.
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