Parky - My Autobiography: A Full and Funny Life

Parky - My Autobiography: A Full and Funny Life

by Michael Parkinson

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Parky - My Autobiography: A Full and Funny Life by Michael Parkinson

'A joyous, breezy read ... It is also beautifully written' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'Funny and self-deprecating and just as laid-back as he is on camera' INDEPENDENT

'Just like an extended edition of a brilliant Parkinson on television - engrossing and entertaining' IRISH TIMES

'I recommend it heavily. It's a wonderful book' MELVYN BRAGG

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All Michael Parkinson really wanted to do was play cricket for Yorkshire and England. However, he soon realised that to be paid to watch films, football and cricket would be the best way to spend life, and he became a journalist. Television beckoned and for three decades Parkinson interviewed the movers and shakers of the late twentieth century, making his television programme the must-see event of the week. In singing with Bing Crosby, dancing with Billy Connolly, flirting with Miss Piggy and sparring with Muhammad Ali, Parkinson proved himself one of the most engaging and durable hosts in both Britain and Australia. In Parky he recalls a full life with honesty, insight and humour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844569007
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 05/14/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Born in Yorkshire, Michael Parkinson left school at sixteen with the ambition to play cricket for Yorkshire and England and to write about cricket for the Manchester Guardian. Although, he didn't manage to fulfil the first half of his ambition, he has since become one of the most successful journalists of his generation. He wrote a sports column for The Sunday Times for fifteen years and has also written for the Telegraph. He is also a legendary TV and radio presenter - his long-running chat show Parkinson was hugely popular for many years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Photographic Acknowledgements x

Preface - The Choice xi

1 Pit Village 1

2 Jack's Lad 9

3 Cudworth, Yorkshire and England 16

4 The Noble Art of Beach Cricket 21

5 Grammar School Sentence 31

6 Junior Reporter 38

7 All That Jazz 46

8 Private Parkinson 53

9 A Cricketing Guinea Pig 64

10 Proper Journalists Begin at Suez 70

11 Opening for Barnsley with Dickie Bird 83

12 The Girl on the Upper Deck 90

13 Watching Neville Cardus 97

14 The Black Palace in Fleet Street 103

15 Brendan Behan's False Teeth 109

16 Our Man in the Congo 115

17 Disenchantment 123

18 Granadaland 131

19 A Spot of Trouble in Zanzibar 139

20 The Six Day War 151

21 Paid to Watch Movies, Football and Cricket 161

22 Talk Show Host 170

23 Ali, the Greatest 181

24 Ali in Autumn 192

25 Emu and Meg Ryan 201

26 Lighting Up for Bette Davis 211

27 That's Showbiz 222

28 Dust in the Crevices 232

29 The Toughest Job in the World 245

30 Why Do Actors Do It? 255

31 With Love, Joy and Laughter 265

32 Storm in a BBC Teacup 272

33 Learning My ABC 278

34 Two Baggy Greens 289

35 The Famous Five 299

36 From Elton John to Skinner Normanton 307

37 Garden Shed Comeback 320

38 Mandela's Country 332

39 Time-slot Wars 340

40 The Engine of My Ambition 350

41 Final Line-up 356

Index 375

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