Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma?
Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile at St. Luke’s Hospital in Norwich. After replacing Peter Flint as the presenter of Scout About, he entered the top 8 of BBC sports presenters.But Alan’s big break came with his primetime BBC chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You. Sadly, the show battled against poor scheduling, having been put up against News at Ten, then in its heyday. Due to declining ratings, a single catastrophic hitch (the killing of a guest on air) and the dumbing down of network TV, Alan’s show was cancelled. Not to be dissuaded, he embraced this opportunity to wind up his production company, leave London and fulfil a lifelong ambition to return to his roots in local radio.
Now single, Alan is an intensely private man but he opens up, for the second time, in this candid, entertaining, often deeply emotional – and of course compelling – memoir, written entirely in his own words. (Alan quickly dispelled the idea of using a ghost writer. With a grade B English Language O-Level, he knew he was up to the task.)
He speaks touchingly about his tragic Toblerone addiction, and the painful moment when unsold copies of his first autobiography, Bouncing Back, were pulped like ‘word porridge’. He reveals all about his relationship with his ex-Ukrainian girlfriend, Sonja, with whom he had sex at least twice a day, and the truth about the thick people who make key decisions at the BBC.
A literary tour de force, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan charts the incredible journey of one of our greatest broadcasters.
©2011 Alan Partridge (P)2011 HarperCollins
"Legendary." (The Guardian)
"Some of the UK’s finest comedy." (The Telegraph)
"Coogan’s greatest creation." (Daily Mail)
“I’m a massive Alan Partridge fan, and this is without a doubt the funniest book I’ve ever read. You’ll be laughing at something on every single page. Its worth downloading the audiobook, though, so you can listen to Alan reading it to you.” (Greg James, Heat Magazine)
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"Must buy as audio!"
This is the funniest comedy book I have ever consumed! All the better for having it read to me by Partridge himself! I kept on loosing my place in re-listening to it, then I had to relisten to bits, but with the audio, it's great because you notice funny things in the vocal you maybe hadn't noticed before - either way - you appreciate it all the more. I usually save this for when I have a night on my own, and I fancy something chilled out and fun. Also, the writing style is actually quite interesting and nice - and it kind of makes you feel liked your being read to as a kid again! I then listen to it in bed when I'm really sleepy - I get some really funny dreams from listening to it in this way - also I go between snoozing and laughing myself awake again! This is also actually quite inspiring - but in a hilarious way of course! It's simply a must buy. AaaaaHaaaaa!
"I, Partidge: We Need to Talk About Alan"
After already being a massive Alan Partridge and Steve Coogan fan, I bought the book as soon as it hit the shelves. Then I saw this pop up on Amazon one day and bought it without thinking. Hearing Partridge's voice simply enhances the already hilarious text, to the point where I was literally crying with laughter. This man is brilliantly talented and any Partridge, Coogan or Comedy in general fan should listen to this. You will not be disappointed.
First audiobook I've bought and what a way to start it. It was just like listening to a very, very, very long episode in a good way. For the most part it was like you're across the table listening to him tell you his rubbish/brilliant stories.
"The perfect audiobook...brilliant"
Hands up, I've loved the Alan Partridge character for years and have seen his career and life performed in various shows and vignettes.
However, hearing the story from Alan himself is a wonderful experience. Critically, Coogan's performance of Partridge is key to success of this audiobook and it's brilliant. I'm so pleased they didn't ask Coogan to play it straight.
As Alan retells some of the incidents that mark out his career, the joy of this book is enjoying Alan's warped recollections and remembering how they differ from what we saw in the TV series fifteen years earlier.
This audiobook is brilliant. Just buy it.
Without one of the funniest books ever written, made even better by Steve Coogan/Alan Partridge narrating it. Beware listening to it on public transport, can can get some odd looks when you appear to be laughing at a private joke. A must!
Laugh out loud funny - every bit as good as the DVDs. Obviously cringeworthy in places, but absolutely brilliant. Steve Coogan is a genius.
"best airport book"
i bought this 2 listen 2 in all the interminable queues at the airport 2 stop me getting bored as i went through security, passport control, customs etc, & it didnt let me down.
"Ruddy, bloody good!"
If you are a fan of all things Partridge (like I) then I, Partridge is just for you.
I'm not a huge fan of Alan Partridge but I did enjoy this book, there are just some brilliant one liners and I enjoyed the comic timing in which this was read. Its a fun book, good for a train journey - if every now and then you don't mind looking a little weird laughing to yourself.
Honestly the funniest book I've ever 'read'. Classic Alan, charting his rise, fall and sort of levelling out in the world of chat. Amazingly, for a fictional character he has actually had a pretty long life in radio/TV and been with us for some time. There is plenty to talk, or rather, chat about.
Had me in stitches and if you like AP you will love this book. Jurassic Park!
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