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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This book is really boring, no like the TV show at all. it goes through Alan's life but it lacks humour.
"An ordeal. In a good way."
Listened to the entire thing on a drive to Norwich & back. I was drained physically & mentally by this.
Read by Steve Coogan himself this adds authenticity to the audio book which adds another dimension. If you're an AP fan this recording is essential.
One of the nice touches, along with the usual throwaway references to a back story we may never know, are the revisionist version of events we know played out differently (Smell my cheese).
Enjoy the authentic pomposity of an Alan Partridge autobiography.
"Nigh on perfect."
Narrated by AP himself, if you're a fan, then you simply cannot miss this. Hilariously funny.
"Painful and funny."
Steve coogan narrates the Alan Partridge story. Alan should receive a knighthood! This book would then be called Sir Alan.....! Aha!
"A good fun listen!"
A friend gifted this to me. It's not a book I would have chosen myself as it's so different from my usual genre but thoroughly enjoyed it. if you want something light that will carry you along without effort, then give this a listen! :-)
"Exactly what it needed to be!"
Very entertaining and easy listening.
Fans of Alan Partridge will love the new anecdotes, as well as retellings of classic Partridge moments (Alan's review with the BBC commissioner in his own words stands out as a highlight)
"Essential for all Partridge fans"
A laugh a minute. A no holds barred story that excites and delights the ear drums.
I've listened to this several times now and I never get sick of it! Love Coogan and love Partridge. absolute genius.
This book is great - everything you need to know about the icon Alan Partridge!!!!!! M
"Partridge at his best"
If you are a fan of classic Partridge then there's really no excuse to have this in your collection!
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