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This event will be broadcast from the UK on Saturday 12 December at 7pm AEDT. It will be available to view anywhere in Australia seven days after the event has ended. Ticket buyers will be emailed their unique link to the show within 24 hours of it commencing. Ticket and book package buyers will receive their book after 5 December. 

City Recital Hall is delighted to partner with FANE to present a series of online events. We will be bringing together world-renowned writers, actors and presenters from all over the globe, and deliver their brilliant conversations straight to your home. 

Like Father, Like Son is the most personal book that Sir Michael Parkinson has ever written.  For the first time, he attempts to explore where his father came from and what shaped him in his life before Sir Michael was even a twinkling in his father’s eye. On top of that it’s also the story of his father, John William Parkinson, told from his son Mike’s perspective revealing how, as a grandfather and father-in-law, he touched and transformed every member of the family. As a consequence, the book contains two distinctive but complementary viewpoints which get to the heart of this fascinating family story.

Like Father, Like Son is a tender tribute to a wonderful man, an attempt to understand the grip of grief and the emotional minefield that is the relationship between a father and a son. It is at its heart a love letter from me and every part of my family lucky enough to have known John William Parkinson.

In conversation with each other and with the aid of photos from the family archive as well as footage from the Parkinson show which helped inform and inspire the book, Sir Michael and Mike will give their individual viewpoints on this most remarkable of men as well as examine their own relationship and how they have fared in their own father and son story.

Please note

If you purchase the book and ticket package, please ensure the address in your account is your current postal. The book will be delivered after the event and Dymocks will deliver the book directly to you. When you purchase the book and ticket package you agree to City Recital Hall providing Dymocks with your address details for delivery purposes only. Book purchases are fulfilled within Australia by Dymocks, subject to their standard delivery via Australia Post.

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