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It's All Going Terribly Wrong: The Accidental Showman Hardcover – 30 Oct 2012
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'Dear Sir Michael Parker. It seems to sum up the story of his wonderful, glittering career: pomp, parades, spectacle; then the inevitable - and heartwarming - descent into hilarity and farce.' --Daily Mail
'An appropriately bracing, candid and funny account...is recollections are a joy to read.' --Alexandra Henton, The Field
About the Author
After Michael Parker left the the Army the author became a successful antique dealer. However he found that running events increasingly took over his life, and despite the title of his autobiography, Sir Michael Parker cannot have got it all wrong - he was knighted by the Queen and also awarded the CBE. Although now retired, he remains a much sought after lecturer. he lives in Hampshire with his wife Emma.
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Yet this memoir is more than that. Under the hilarity, a picture emerges of a lonely and rather bemused childhood, but also of a warm, likeable and sometimes outspoken man who opts for self-ridicule rather than self-pity. His style is conversational, and if the chronology or lack of it is a bit confusing, ultimately it doesn't matter. The author, after all, is the only person 'ever to have stood down the Pope for an event'; he made General Norman Schwarzkopf wait for his cue at the Royal Tournament, and more than once narrowly missed sending several royal families up in flames. And he's enjoyed every minute of it.
With plenty of chuckles and l o l moments, this would make a perfect Christmas present for any parent, grandparent or in-law who had been in the armed forces (in fact, most of the Army appears to be in the index, as does almost every celebrity you ever heard of). They just don't make them like Michael Parker any more, if they ever did. More's the pity.
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