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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"Absolutely hilarious; a dip-in & dip-out listen"
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If any kind of Patridge fan, YES!!!!!!! I'm aware that some people detest him in which case obviously not! As far as a middle ground goes, perhaps you'll enjoy it if you're a fan of British/ironic character comedy.
the fact that he is vain & so naïve about how many different ways he makes a fool of himself is the key to Partridge; the fact that it's 'him' performing the story, makes this perfect. I don't think it would work with any other narrator.
Lots and lots of laughter. Nothing close to moving or tears!
A must for Patridge fans; no need to listen in one go or even in order. Just good British character comedy throughout.
"There was something in the air that night..."
Yes, the reading by Steve Coogan adds so much to the experience of this book. The audiobook version is a must!!!
The funny moments will stay with you for hours and days afterwards because of the incomparable delivery!
Possibly the funniest audiobook I've listened to!
"Lovely Stuff - not dumbed down, if anything dumbed"
Insight into one of Norwich's most influential broadcaster/entertainer. Stark, forthright and brutally honest account of the most prominent episodes in broadcasting folklore.
the chat invoked an wide array of emotions. Some of which I am unsure how to term using the english language.
I was slightly dismayed that there was no further apology to Roger Moore for Alan calling him a towel (/ bathmat/hand towel/dressing gown) thief.
"Amazing and more"
Cash Back! Coogan and Partridge are superlative. I can not recommend this strongly enough.
"Excellent to hear it read by Alan"
Steve Coogan brings the book alive, because he reads it as Alan. Having read the book before listening to the Audiobook, then it was possible for Alan's voice to come off the page, but with Alan narrating, it truly makes the book laugh out loud funny, leading to funny looks I got whilst giggling to myself on the train.
"Funniest book I've ever ... Heard"
Yes, because it's so funny that I actually DID laugh out loud
His Addiction to Toblerone heck
"Very funny and entertaining"
A very funny audiobook that kept me laughing throughout. Having Mr Partridge reading his own autobiography gave the book a context that I don't think we would get from reading it alone. Highly recommended.
Alan Partridge - a unique character
No - needed time to take a break and relax the laughter muscles
Audio quality not as good as it could have been.
"An absolute must-listen"
I can't recommend this highly enough. I've loved watching (and listening) to all Alan Partridge's shows through the years, and this book is an excellent continuation of the character. I believe it would be enjoyable for people new to, or unfamiliar with the character, but of course there are lots of funny little in-jokes for long time fans.
"Aha! Mr Partridge"
This book is worth a second listening because Alan offers such wonderful insights into his life and times that it is almost impossible to fully appreciate such wisdom in one reading
Alan is undoubtedly the star of this book in every sense of the word
Alan is charming and endearing beyond measure. Literally.
It's very hard not to listen to this book in one sitting. It's so fascinating to hear Alan's take on the ups and downs of his life and all its challenges.
Steve Coogan reads this book so beautiful you'll think it's The Partridge himself narrating
"Funny as Hell"
From childhood through adulthood the stories of Alan's life are a blast... Had me giggling all the way through it! It's like he was in the room with me having a conversation....
Drip drip drip.... Rain on the window... Drip drip drip....... Went the blood from his nose onto his shoes as a kid
Emotions emotions.... I.cried with laughter....
This is so worth it, if you know Alan Partidge from the TV then this is a bonus... Find out the inside story and giggle at the same time! Steve Coogan is so talented and this audio read by him IS A MUST!
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