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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a must for any partridge fans, fills in all the gaps from birth to mid morning matters.
"Very very funny!"
A pleasure to listen to no matter if you have seen the to show or not!
Partridge is a truly awful character, and the high standard of writing in this book (thanks mainly to Armando Ianucci) brilliantly illustrates the pedantic dullard and bore that he is. However it's a shame they didn't check the pronunciation of some of the place names before recording - Costessey, Wisbech and Dereham spring to mind - because on North Norfolk Digital, Partridge surely would be a stickler for getting such things right. There is one particularly poignant moment when he receives a piece of good news, and without thinking rushes to call his wife to share it with her. Then he remembers they're divorced, so he puts the phone down again. It's meant comically, but there is an all too common real-world sadness here where he has no-one to tell about his good news. It perfectly sums up the sorry and lonesome life he leads, because he's his own worst enemy.
Simply put, if you're a fan of Alan Partridge, you'll love this. It's just brilliant. And I believe listening to this book, read by Steve Coogan himself, is a much more enjoyable experience than reading
"Can't count how many times I've listened.........."
This is an excellent audiobook, enhanced by Alan's narration. It fills in the gaps of the TV series, and provides further insight into the life of the DJ from Norfolk.
I'm going to keep this quick.
if you like partridge you'll love this. best book in years!
This is the best 7 hours I've spent since being stuck in traffic with Fiona Fullerton on the A13 northbound approach to the Blackwall Tunnel in 2004. A lorry had shed it's chemical load across the central reservation. Fiona and I played 20 questions, I-spy, The Parson's Cat, and many more victorian parlour games reinvented for the motorcar (in this instance a Volkswagon Passatt Tdi.)
Anyway, for 11 years I've not been close to this level of enjoyment and fun. Or funment, if you will. Until listening to this book. One word of warning though, if you are planning to listen 'in marathon mode' (AKA no breaks in transmission) and, like me, you are using a home surround sound system (Dolby 5.1) without the means of portable roaming audio, can I please sincerely advice you to stock up on toilet roll. By chapter 22 I was using wet wipes, and although I know this is some people's idea of fun, let me tell you it was not pleasurable, and simply left my anal beard feeling moist and overly clammy.
I've listened to it about a hundred times. if you love Partridge, you'll enjoy this very much. Jurassic Park!
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Laughed alot....almost non-stop infact. Howled on more than one occasion...and even soiled myself once! MAGIC!
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