The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's national icons.
Born in Yorkshire, Michael Parkinson left school at sixteen with the ambition to play cricket for Yorkshire and England and to write about cricket for the Manchester Guardian. Although, he didn't manage to fulfil the first half of his ambition, he has since become one of the most successful journalists of his generation. He wrote a sports column for The Sunday Times for fifteen years and has also written for the Telegraph. He is also a legendary TV and radio presenter - his long-running chat show Parkinson was hugely popular for many years.
This autobiography is just like an extended edition of a brilliant Parkinson on television - engrossing and entertaining * Irish Times * Funny and self-deprecating and just as laid-back as he is on camera * Boyd Tonkin, Independent * Crisp and detailed prose ... with an especially impressive account of a pre-second world war childhood in the north * Mark Lawson, Guardian * The early chapters about his childhood and early career ... are disarmingly modest and offer a proper glimpse into another world * Independent * 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 * I recommend it heavily. It's a wonderful book * Melvyn Bragg *