Parky: My Autobiography by Michael Parkinson

Parky: My Autobiography by Michael Parkinson hits the £1 shelf in my shop.

Hodder & Stoughton, 2008, Paperback.

A Later Printing. Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the flap: Pretending to be Humphrey Bogart, he became a journalist and a familiar sight around Barnsley and district, riding his bike while wearing a military style raincoat, snap-brimmed trilby with elastic chinstrap and green cycle clips. Thus disguised, he bluffed his way on to the Manchester Guardian, and later the Daily Express in Fleet Street before being found out and sent back to Manchester, where he worked for Granada Television. He eventually ended up at the BBC with a talk show that ran for many years and made him an instantly recognisable face, mainly among people who thought he was Michael Aspel. With the help of his wife Mary, he has overcome many problems, including drink, Meg Ryan and an irrational fear of emus, to lead a seemingly charmed life he has sung with Bing Crosby, danced with Billy Connolly, Bruce Forsyth and Will Smith, played a love scene with Bette Davis, and had his knee touched by Renee Zellweger, Sandra Bullock, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kylie Minogue and Dame Edna Everage, to mention but a few sex symbols who have felt irresistibly drawn to his left patella. Parkinsons memoir is an inspiring story, particularly for anyone who hated school and left with two O levels, because it proves that dreams do come true.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
[XII] 384 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

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