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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"I, Partridge - utterly brilliant"
All I can add to other people's (positive) reviews is "abso, bloody, exactly". Steve, if you read this, please convince Tommy Saxondale to do the same thing.
"Back of the Net!"
Alan Partridge is back!
If you want to know what happened to his girlfriend Sophie, or behind the KMKYWAP scenes gossip with a distinctly Partridge twist, this is the book for you.
It made me laugh out loud several times on the Tube, and when I wasn't LOLing I was quietly laughing inside. Best value 1 credit!
"The best non-fiction book since the bible!"
As a Dundonian, I have eaten my last Toblerone and I can tell you that for nothing!
"Nobody does it better"
CLARKSON, RAMSAY and now PARTRIDGE. The Three Wise Men of Entertainment. Never scared to say the right thing and it is always right. Yes, Partridge may be accused of being of a few 'isms'; race, sex, and onan for example. However he pulls no punches in this honest look back on his life, warts and all. This is bound to win the Booker prize or something.
Better than 'Bouncing Back' too. That was rubbish.
I'm afraid I have to agree with the other reviewers who felt this book was lacking.
I too love the Alan Partridge character, and in fairness this book has prompted me to invest in some Alan Partridge DVD's (and the salesman in me would say that's what it set out to do).
And that's what I felt was wrong with this book - as you listen you're reminded of all the funny events in the shows without getting the full payoff. And so I'm sure if I hadn't seen the shows I would have found this book a lot more entertaining as I'd have nothing to compare it to. But as it stands, apart from the stuff about his younger years, it feels almost like an 'also available' advert. And if Alan wasn't narrating I don't think I would have made it past the first chapter (I've stopped 4 hours in with no desire to go further).
But that being said it looks like I'm in a minority with this opinion. And in fairness it is humorous in a lot of places. And there are laugh out loud moments, albeit spaced too far apart.
Bottom line is- If you've got a few spare credits in your account and you like Alan Partridge then definitely get this. Just don't expect it to be as funny as the shows it describes.
I'd never heard of Alan Partridge but the reviews for this book were mainly very good, so I gave it a go and discovered that Alan Partridge is not for me. Hour after hour of drivel .... I listened to the end but it wasn't fun.
"much of the same"
I'm an avid AP fan and so I was delighted to listen to the audio book. However I thought that this was more a case of a book that had to be written for financial reasons rather than a book that had to be written for any literary reasons!
It's good to hear Steve Coogan reading his own work, but it's not a book I shall come back to, and in fact I put it down several times during the course of reading, and had to push myself to pick it up again, but each to their own!
"Poor Audio Quality"
Shocking audio quality, so bad I couldnt listen to it for long unfortunately. Come on Audible, its 2012. This sounds like it was recorded through a mobile phone speaker.
I will pass away the time if you have nothing else in the the whole world to do.
"Audible Sound Quality Is Terrible"
Audible have ruined an absolute comedy genius by releasing in pathetic low quality (sounds like an analogue telephone). All I can hear is the muffled sound of Steve Coogan and it stops me being able to relax and enjoy the content. I will also complain to the publisher who did not, I am sure, give Audible permission to ruin this recording.
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