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Parky's People: The Interviews - 100 of the Best [Hardcover]

Michael Parkinson
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14 Oct 2010

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.

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 from around the world, from Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger, John Betjeman and WH Auden, to Ken Dodd and Elton John. Now an international celebrity himself, the man from a humble but colourful Yorkshire mining family has teased the secerets out of even the most reticent star guests, such as Fred Astaire and Ingrid Bergman, and he has drawn fascinating new information and insights from even the most frequently interviewed subjects like Peter Ustinov, David Niven and Stephen Fry.

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.

With a little help from his friends, Parky's People is witty, always perceptive, often wise, and never less than compulsive reading.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444700405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444700404
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 legendary encounters with the man who has met everyone.

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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent selection 5 Nov 2010
There were a couple of books of "Parkinson" interviews published in the 1970s and 80s, and some of that material is re-used here, in the same sort of format - lots of pictures and excerpts. You certainly get an excellent range of interviewees, and some good anecdotes, but it's not the sort of book to 'lose' yourself in. There's not enough depth for that. I would imagine that someone who does research into "showbiz" will find the book invaluable as source material, and those who want a book to "dip into" will be delighted with this.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parky's People 11 Nov 2010
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A fascinating read of celebrities, some of whom are sadly no longer with us, but also those that still are. Brings them to life and when reading about their exploits and thoughts, I felt as if I was there listening in on a conversation. Very well written and documented. A book you can put down and pick up without missing a beat! Thoroughly enjoyable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 30 Oct 2010
I am just half way through this book and its a very enjoyable read. Lots of pics and very interesting interviews. Certainly a book to keep!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parky you are a lucky man. 13 Nov 2010
Interesting book, Parky has met them all. There's some cracking Parky interviews on Youtube but I didn't realise who Parky had met until I'd read this book. I wish they'd repeat them on TV but if not maybe put them on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mum nagging endlessly for one! 2 Nov 2010
My Mum saw a copy of this at my house and has been asking me again and again if I can get her one for Christmas! But don't think that this is just for the retired. I must say that this is a real fave of mine too, am v pleased to be reading about David Niven alongside Roald Dahl, Tom Jones, and Dawn French [all personal heroes], and they are proper revealing interviews.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 23 Jun 2014
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Wasn't over impressed. More about Parky himself and less about the people he met. Not my thing was looking for more of an insight into people he met, shame really. Looked forward to it, then ended up disappointted
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5.0 out of 5 stars wondeful 13 Jun 2013
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Although I have watched only some of the interviews on tv, reading the book is a great joy. Parkinson is a sensitive person, and the humour is a basic component in the interviews, which makes the book very lively.
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3.0 out of 5 stars some good stories in it 17 May 2013
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i thnk i was disappointed in this as with the dvd, i expected more of a ''this is parky interviewing so and so''
but it was parky talking about his interviews and what he thought of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parky's People
Michael Parkinson was required viewing on a Saturday night, usually after Match of the Day if my memeory serves me right. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift
My Dad was so happy with this for his Christmas gift from me! - nice not to give socks or hankies!
Published 19 months ago by r n masters
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After reading Michael Parkinsons biography and having watched many of his series of chat shows I then found this book and bought it. Read more
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Very interesting reading. Only bought as a book for holiday but found I read all the time until finished. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Ladlar
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
Found this book very readable, some of the interviews were a bit lacking in depth, buy overall enjoyed this book very much, thought the introduction to each person was an added... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read it but smooth purchase!
I've no idea on the content as it is a gift for someone else, but it certainly looks a good read and I cannot fault the service from Amazon.
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by Herbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Parkys people paperback book
Arrived very quick and will make a good read for my mum at xmas.Excellent price and will deal again thks.
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, funny and perceptive.
This book is a must for any bookshelf or even a coffee table. It is a series of short stories. Ideal to pick up and put down as you read the interview extract from one personality... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by Bella
4.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane
Having seen many of these interviews live, it was a delight to rediscover how witty, erudite and above all thought-provoking many of the interviewees were; I started to read the... Read more
Published on 28 July 2011 by Richard Sewell
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Thought this would have been great but disappointed withsome of the interviews and only watched one disc and aborted the second
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by Faughs
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