PARKINSON TAKES ON ALI is the personal account of high profile meetings between Michael Parkinson and sporting icon Muhammed Ali.
Muhammed Ali appeared on Michael Parkinson's chat show four times, with Parkinson declaring him the 'most remarkable human I ever encountered'.
Drawing on those now iconic interviews, Michael Parkinson discusses the life of a sporting icon. From the early days of admiration for his political beliefs, to the world-beating boxing and the later years where illness began to take hold.
About the Author
Michael Parkinson was born in Cudworth, near Barnsley. He began his career as a journalist, but later moved to television where he worked for Granada on current affairs programmes before joining the BBC 24 hours team. In 1965 he began writing a weekly sports column for The Sunday Times. His chat show Parkinson ran for 11 years, from 1971 until 1982 and he has interviewed almost everybody who was anybody with the exception of Frank Sinatra - a lasting regret. From 1979 to 1982 he also presented Parkinson for ABC and Channel 10 in Australia, and in the 1980s he was one of the founder members of TV AM. Happily married to his wife Mary for nearly fifty years, they have three sons.
Every time they met, Parky found Ali the perfect interviewee - funny, articulate and not afraid to share his controversial views - a far cry from today's media trained 'celebrities'. This wonderful book mixes Parky's recollections with transcripts of the interviews. It makes for a riveting read about an amazing man. The Sun
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 29th November 2016
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1