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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"Wonderful, though short"
Absolutely wonderful! Perfect performance that adds loads to it. Only problem really is that it is, in fact, abridged. I happened to glance through the book version and there's some detail in there that you miss in the audio, I think.
"literally textbook Partridge (not literally)"
it is everything I could've imagined hoped or dreamed, in fact I do dream about it quite often as I listen to a chunk of it every night in bed to fall asleep to. this is fine because I live alone. Five stars.
"Wonderful stuff- Shakin' Stevens"
Much enjoyed hearing incidents broadcast on Tv from Alan's perspective. If you like his work you won't be disappointed.
He strides like a colossus across the Norfolk Broads, stripped to the waist and wearing a determined leer- in his mind.
Beautifully crafted backstory for all of the Alan Partridge moments you'll be familiar with. Essential for fans, utter gubbins for non-fans.
If your a partridge fan this is a must listen. Fantastically read didn't want it to end. At least this book won't be pulped
"laugh out loud"
This is so funny from start to finish. I've listened to it a couple of times and it never gets old.
"Made me laugh in the faces of strangers"
Alan Partridge had to be one of the best characters ever. This book was so funny I often laughed while listening in public. Absolutely brilliant. More Alan please.
Of the 420-ish audiobooks I have purchased from audible this is undoubtedly in the top 2 or 3. Excellent in all regards and "definitely bears re-listening"!
"Great book if you like a bit of Partridge!"
Great book if you like a bit of Partridge! Funny and enjoyable to the end. z z z z z
Found myself laughing uncontrollably out loud at this - brilliant work by a comic genius and style icon
Loved the bit when he re-arranged his radio desk more ergonomically - so so funny
I was a Partidge virgin so can't comment
Loved it - bring back Alan for another incarnation
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