- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st edition (2 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034096166X
- ISBN-13: 978-0340961667
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Parky - My Autobiography Hardcover – 2 Oct 2008
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I recommend it heavily. It's a wonderful book (Melvyn Bragg)
Parky's book is a joyous, breezy read, as much for the improbability of his early escapades as for his backstage anecdotes about the stars. It is also beautifully written (Daily Telegraph)
The early chapters about his childhood and early career ... are disarmingly modest and offer a proper glimpse into another world (Independent)
Crisp and detailed prose ... with an especially impressive account of a pre-second world war childhood in the north (Mark Lawson, Guardian)
Funny and self-deprecating and just as laid-back as he is on camera (Boyd Tonkin, Independent)
This autobiography is just like an extended edition of a brilliant Parkinson on television - engrossing and entertaining (Irish Times)
The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's national icons.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
What this means is that, unlike many autobiographers, Parky not only has a tale (or three) to tell; he has the skill the tell it.
Despite his TV popularity and 25-odd years hob-nobbing with the famous and (occasionally) infamous, this gritty miner's son has successfully kept his feet firmly on the ground. A wide range of interests, a passion for sport and, above all, cricket make for a rounded personality and a genuinely interesting life.
This classy autobiography is well above the run-of-the mill and will be a much-appreciated addition to many a seasonal stocking.
Unlike one of the other reviewers I was not hoping for gossip, but I would have liked some more details about the assorted guests on the show, especially the Hollywood stars from the days of old. He does tell us something about them, but not very much. Instead he just goes on and on about bloody cricket, which I couldn't care less about.
If you like Michael Parkinson: watch the shows, don't read this book!
I found his writing style fantastic - easy, punchy and engaging. Loved all the snippets about the celebs. Had not realised he worked as a war correspondent and some of his stories are harrowing - but war is - and his attempts to make non-obvious political statements about the waste of war perhaps could have been more overt - having seen it first hand and now he is retired he should be entitled to voice his true feelings about it in a book like this.
His analysis of the BEEB was hard hitting and not something us viewers have much of an appreciation of.
Overall I found Parky quite self-deprecating in his book - something that is evident in reading other good autobiogs in my view.
Thoroughly enjoyed it!
A good read nonetheless.
When comparing "Parkinson" to some recent chat shows in the UK, we will notice that the new shows are very much comedy based and don't really tell us much about the celebrity. Michael Parkinson had a talent for speaking with what some would believe to be some of the more private celebrities and allow them to open up to the world. He would feed them a well planned and well fitting question and sometimes make that one question the entire interview. Other celebrities such as Orson Welles simply told Michael to get rid of the questions and just talk to each other as friends would.
Although many of the celebrities who appeared on "Parkinson" made his show famous, there's no doubting the celebrity making power of the show. He's created a few superstars in his time by inviting people on as guests who were at the time relatively unknown entertainers and thanks to "Parky" they became household names. Some of the biggest names that will openly accept that it was their appearance on "Parkinson" that launched their careers would be Billy Connoly, Peter Kay and Katy Melua.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good read. Easy on the brain cells and remembering all the famous people and stars was very enjoyablePublished 2 months ago by colin kinsley
Not that I've seen the majority off the shows over the years, as an expat, and because before becoming a wise elder nowadays, he was a bit cheesy, but he has brilliant readable... Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. B. Tootill
Ok if your a huge huge fan of his but not me
It a bit dull for me and boring
But ok if that what you like that good not for me though
Far too much stuff about cricket.. Found myself skipping pages in the early sections, but gets more interesting further on..Published 9 months ago by PC
I really enjoyed this autobiography. I liked Parkinson's writing style as it sounded like his authentic voice. You can tell he has written it himself and not been ghost-written. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stepas
I bought this book (cheaply!) because I've always been completely bewildered as why he has always been considered any better than Joe Bloggs at interviewing people. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. David Watson