Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 9 December 2010.
A distillation of over 2,000 interviews that Michael Parkinson conducted throughout his TV career. His chosen interviews range from the arts to sports and politics; memorable conversations, intimate glimpses into private lives, humour and sadness. A collection reminding us all of the stellar names that have succumbed to the Parky treatment.
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Parky: My Autobiography, Michael Parkinson
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In Parky’s People, Parkinson sets down on record the highlights of his interviews which provide an intimate insight into the private lives and personal characters of great celebrities, even the most reticent, from around the world. From Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger, John Betjeman and WH Auden, to Ken Dodd, Elton John, Fred Astaire and Ingrid Bergman. Always perceptive, witty, often wise, his TV programme was essential viewing and now this book is never less than compulsive reading. Remarkable interviews with Edith Evans and Ben Travers demonstrate that Parkinson’s empathy with the old is as evident as his easy familiarity with sportsmen like George Best, Muhammad Ali and David Beckham. Great comics such as Billy Connolly, Bob Hope, and Morecambe and Wise prove as funny on the page as on screen and it seems that the star of every Hollywood legend shines brightly under Parkinson’s subtle questioning.
Michael Parkinson occupies a unique place in the public consciousness. Through his perceptive onscreen interviews over the past five decades, he has introduced millions of people to the personalities of major international figures in sport, showbiz, politics, the arts and journalism.
Publication date: 14/10/2010
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||14th October 2010|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography,|
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 ...More About Michael Parkinson