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Michael Parkinson - Author

About the Author

Michael Parkinson was born in Cudworth, near Barnsley. He began his career as a journalist, but later moved to television where he worked for Granada on current affairs programmes before joining the BBC 24 hours team. In 1965 he began writing a weekly sports column for The Sunday Times. A passionate interest in film led to the publication of A Pictorial History of Westerns, his favourite film genre. His chat show Parkinson ran for 11 years, from 1971 until 1982 and he has interviewed almost everybody who was anybody with the exception of Frank Sinatra – a lasting regret. From 1979 to 1982 he also presented Parkinson for ABC and Channel 10 in Australia, and in the 1980s he was one of the founder members of TV AM.

From 1990–92 he presented the Michael Parkinson Show on LBC, a daily, live three hour radio show. From 1986–87 he presented Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 and from 1994–96 he presented Parkinson on Sport for Radio 5. In 1996 Michael launched a Sunday morning show, Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement on Radio 2, with music and guests which is still on air today.

In 1990 Michael Parkinson joined the Daily Telegraph, writing a regular weekly column on sport. He has won numerous awards including, in 1995, Sports Feature Writer of the Year at the British Sport Journalism Awards. In 1998 he won awards for his work in three different branches of the media – a feat thought to be unique. He won a Sony Radio Award for Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement, he was named Sports Writer of the Year at the Press Gazette British Press Awards and Media Personality of the Year by the Variety Club. In June 2000, Michael was awarded a CBE and Parkinson was named one of the top ten favourite British TV programmes of all time. A new series of Parkinson began on ITV in 2004 and continued till November 2007. He was awarded a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year’s honours list.

Happily married to his wife Mary for nearly fifty years, they have three sons.

Featured books by Michael Parkinson

Other books by Michael Parkinson

George Best: A Memoir: A unique biography of a football icon The Perfect Gift for Football Fans

George Best: A Memoir: A unique biography of a football icon The Perfect Gift for Football Fans

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

One of the most famous footballers of all time, George Best is an icon to football fans all over the world. He lived a tumultuous life, and died in 2005 after battling with alcoholism. He is someone who has crossed over into legend status, with his personal life sometimes overshadowing his footballing prowess. There have been many books written about George, but here, Michael Parkinson combines his professional and personal knowledge of George with his classic and much loved writing style to produce a new, and interesting biography of a football and cultural icon.

Ovaltineys to Sheredean Girls Club 1941-1960

Ovaltineys to Sheredean Girls Club 1941-1960

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2019

Liverpool Beyond the Brink The Remaking of a Post Imperial City

Liverpool Beyond the Brink The Remaking of a Post Imperial City

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2019

Liverpool Beyond the Brink is a fascinating commentary on the economic decline that caused the physical, social and political fragmentation of the imperial city during the 1970s and the efforts since then to revive and reconnect it. It charts Liverpool's fall in the 1980s, its gradual normalisation in the 1990s, its staggering achievements and, as a European city in the first part of this century, its efforts to be ambitious in an age of austerity. This thought-provoking work asks: how far has Liverpool come and where does it now stand in comparison with thirty years ago and alongside other cities in the UK? What were the most important forces driving change? Who helped the most and who helped the least? Who and where gained the most and who and where gained the least? Finally, the author asks what is next for Liverpool: what are the current challenges for the city? Liverpool Beyond the Brink identifies the key economic, social and political challenges facing the city today to ensure there is increased productivity, future development is high quality and that the benefits of the city's renaissance are experienced by all the people in Liverpool in all parts of the city. [Cover image: Liverpool Waterfront 2017 (c) McCoy Wynne (mccoywynne.co.uk)]

The Labour Party and the Organization of Secondary Education 1918-65

The Labour Party and the Organization of Secondary Education 1918-65

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2019

Originally published in 1970, Michael Parkinson examines the Labour Party's attitude towards secondary education in general and comprehensive schooling in particular and shows the effect of the party's philosophy on the question of education and its social importance. The Labour Party is seen both as a policy-maker with the power to implement policies and as a pressure group with power only to influence. The case study provides valuable background reading to the controversies over comprehensive education at the time.

George Best: A Memoir: A unique biography of a football icon The Perfect Gift for Football Fans

George Best: A Memoir: A unique biography of a football icon The Perfect Gift for Football Fans

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

One of the most famous footballers of all time, George Best is an icon to football fans all over the world. He lived a tumultuous life, and died in 2005 after battling with alcoholism. He is someone who has crossed over into legend status, with his personal life sometimes overshadowing his footballing prowess. There have been many books written about George, but here, Michael Parkinson combines his professional and personal knowledge of George with his classic and much loved writing style to produce a new, and interesting biography of a football and cultural icon.

From Billy Fury to Youtube

From Billy Fury to Youtube

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2018

The Labour Party and the Organization of Secondary Education 1918-65

The Labour Party and the Organization of Secondary Education 1918-65

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Originally published in 1970, Michael Parkinson examines the Labour Party's attitude towards secondary education in general and comprehensive schooling in particular and shows the effect of the party's philosophy on the question of education and its social importance. The Labour Party is seen both as a policy-maker with the power to implement policies and as a pressure group with power only to influence. The case study provides valuable background reading to the controversies over comprehensive education at the time.

Parky's People Intimate insights into 100 Legendary Encounters

Parky's People Intimate insights into 100 Legendary Encounters

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2017

A unique memoir by Sir Michael Parkinson, reflecting on 100 of the most legendary encounters by the man who has met everyone who is someone. Sir Michael Parkinson occupies a unique place in the public consciousness. For many he is the chronicler of a generation. Through his onscreen work and his intelligent, thought provking journalism, he has introduced millions of people to the major names of sport of showbiz over the past five decades. In Parky's People, Parkinson gives us an intimate insight into the lives of great celebrities from all around the world. Now an international celebrity himself, the man from a humble but colourful Yorkshire mining family who can tease out the secrets of even the most reticent star guest. Those featured include Muhammad Ali, David Attenborough, Judi Dench, David Beckham, and many, many more. Parkinson's distinguished career has involved working on highly acclaimed current affairs and film programmes. His wide interests and expertise include jazz, film, football and cricket. Witty and humourous, Parky's People makes the perfect gift.

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir A fresh and personal account of a boxing champion

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir A fresh and personal account of a boxing champion

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2017

'A riveting read about an amazing man' THE SUN Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali visited Michael Parkinson's chat show sofa four times, culminating in an iconic interview in 1971. Muhammad Ali: A Memoir is a fresh, revealing and personal account of the life of the most important and enduring cultural figures of our age. An icon of boxing who has inspired the biggest names in boxing, from Mike Tyson to Anthony Joshua, this is the story of boxing's biggest star. Muhammad Ali was God's Gift to the interviewer. Funny, articulate, outspoken with a fascinating life story, unparalleled talent and controversial views. These 4 interviews charted Ali's life, revealing significant phases at different times, charting the rise and fall of this kaleidoscope of a man. In Muhammad Ali: A Memoir Sir Michael Parkinson will bring his award-winning journalistic talents to bear on this extraordinary man. The book will mix personal recollections of the times they met with selected transcripts of the famous and, in the case of the 1974 meeting, infamous interviews all brought together and contextualised by a sober and honest assessment of the life and times of a figure that, it is certain, we will never see the like of again.

Darkside of the Lunatic

Darkside of the Lunatic

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2016

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2016

Sir Michael Parkinson interviewed Muhammad Ali four times and in this memoir you are given a ringside seat for all of the interviews. Muhammad Ali was God's Gift to the interviewer. Funny, articulate, outspoken with a fascinating life story, unparalleled talent and controversial views. These 4 interviews charted Ali's life, revealing significant phases at different times, charting the rise and fall of this kaleidoscope of a man. In Muhammad Ali: A Memoir Sir Michael Parkinson will bring his award-winning journalistic talents to bear on this extraordinary man. The book will mix personal recollections of the times they met with selected transcripts of the famous and, in the case of the 1974 meeting, infamous interviews all brought together and contextualised by a sober and honest assessment of the life and times of a figure that, it is certain, we will never see the like of again. Muhammad Ali: A Memoir is a fresh, revealing and personal account of the life of the most important and enduring cultural figures of our age.

Parky - My Autobiography A Full and Funny Life

Parky - My Autobiography A Full and Funny Life

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2009

From prize-winning journalist to chat show king on a show voted one of the top ten British TV programmes of all time, Michael Parkinson's starry career spans over four decades. Now an international celebrity himself, the man from a humble but colourful Yorkshire mining family who can tease out the secrets of even the most reticent star guest, at last reveals his own story, with the easy manner and insight that has kept his audiences fascinated. His distinguished career has involved working on highly acclaimed current affairs and film programmes. His wide interests and expertise include jazz, film, football and cricket. Witty, humorous and blessed with exceptional intellectual clarity, Michael Parkinson's memoir is a joy to hear. Abridged

Parky - My Autobiography A Full and Funny Life

Parky - My Autobiography A Full and Funny Life

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2008

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.

Michael Parkinson on Cricket

Michael Parkinson on Cricket

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2003

For most of his professional life Michael Parkinson has been a highly regarded sports journalist. This consistently entertaining collection of his best articles reminds us that his first love is cricket and the people who excel at it. His ambition to play for England was thwarted, but not before he opened the batting with a young Dickie Bird at Barnsley. Along with hilarious memories of his cricket mad father and a lost youth emulating his heroes in street games, Michael Parkinson has written compelling descriptions of great players he has known and the moments or matches during which they became famous. Unsurprisingly, there is an edge to what the author has to say about cricket administrators and the way the game is run; the book is a sheer joy to read and written with the author's easy assurance.

Michael Parkinson on Football

Michael Parkinson on Football

Author: Michael Parkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2002

In this fascinating and often hilarious volume Parkinson gives his views on most aspects of the modern game, whilst also casting his mind back to a time when newspapers didn't care whether footballers wore their wives knickers or not. He pays tribute to some of the great names of the past such as Stanley Matthews and Bobby Moore, and offers opinions on more recent headline-makers like Paul Gascoigne and Eric Cantona. Superstars such as George Best and David Beckham are also discussed, with one of the most respected observers of both sport and celebrity bringing his unique personal insight to bear.

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