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)
It made me laugh so much my drink came out my nose.
Learning about his childhood.
As a fan of the various Alan Partridge series on the BBC, I was excited to hear Coogan and Co. were writing an Alan Partridge book, and when I found out Coogan would be narrating the audiobook as Alan Partridge, I knew that would definitely be the version to get. The reading does not disappoint. Alan's deadpan buffoonish style is just as funny as ever, and I found myself laughing out loud in the car many times while listening. The writing style is fun and fresh, actively calling attention to the book-writing process, as Alan tries to meet his publisher's minimum word count. My only complaint is that book covers a lot of material from the KMKY and I'm Alan Partridge, so some of the jokes/situations are recycled. Even still the writing makes them fresh. If you haven't seen all those series as many times as I have, obviously that's not a problem. Even if you have, if you're a fan of the Partridge, it's definitely worth a listen, but you probably knew that already.
This would not be worth reading as a book, really - the performance makes the middling material worth your time. If you like any of the other Alan Partridge entertainments, you will like this audiobook.
Yes, It is verry insightful. Alan is a delightful broadcaster and has a story worth telling
The personal stile and his abilaty to shift from past to present tence
he has the x factor.
I myself am also in broadcasting And it would be wonderful to have Alan on my show.thank you, Ivo Niehe, Amsterdam
"A laugh a minute!"
This is by far the best audiobook that I've ever listened to. I love Partridge and Steve Coogan has written an excellent biography which is so clever and witty. I laughed so many times. I will listen to this again and again. I just hope that he brings out another one.
Makes me feel a film or another series is on the way as it it so well constructed and brilliantly executed. I've always been a fan of steve coogan, partridge being my favourite and was worried he may be past his best since seeing a show on his last tour, but this reaffirms why i fell in love with his comedy. Listened in the car for a week a chapter at a time and couldn't stop laughing in places, te rewind it back to listen again. Loved his chapter about his wife. All in all the best audiobook i've ever listened to. He's a real pro.
"The audio book betters the printed text."
I have one piece of advice with regards this audio book; don't listen to it on public transport as you will inevitably draw perturbed glances from fellow commuters when you erupt into spontaneous laughter. This book is hilarious, made all the more so because it is read by Mr Partridge himself. Alan pronounces every word with self-aggrandising relish as he regales us with his most worthy of life stories.
This book perfectly apes the self-important style of so many autobiographies as Alan strives to add excitement and significance to his mediocre successes. I think this is one of the rare occasions where the audio book is actually better than the printed text. It is Alan Partridge's story told by Alan Partridge, as only he can tell it. This is exactly how the author (that is to say, authors) intended it to sound.
Steve Coogan executes a flawless reading. This character must be like an old pair of boots to him at this stage and he effortlessly delivers a classic comedy performance. This story stands up there with the very best of the TV series as Coogan squeezes every drop of comedy out of Alan’s middle-class self-deluded glory.
The one downside to the audio book is that some of the footnotes from the text appear to be missing. It's a small concession however. If you are going to experience this story, then the audio book is certainly the best format to choose.
Excellent book, well written, well read. As a Partridge fan I was particularly pleased with the accuracy of the book, in terms of time-lines and references to his past works. A few in-jokes for the Partridge geeks, like Lynn's name never being mentioned but I'm sure the book works equally well for new comers too.
I had purchased the hard copy of the book but when i found out there was an audio book narrated by Steve Coogan himself i had to get it. The book doesnt disappoint. The only problem is in places the quality of the audio becomes very weak, however that being said overal it is a great audio book.
"Back of the net, cashback, jurrasic park, etc"
This is a brilliant audiobook. Possibly the best audiobook ever written slash read by a man. I can't think of an audiobook that I would rather hear read by its author than this one, except for maybe the Steve Jobs one, because then it'd mean Steve was still alive but I only just thought of that, so it doesn't count.
Anyway, if you're either a fan of Alan's or the sort of person who would really like his stuff then this is definitely for you.
I just realised the Steve Jobs reference doesn't work because he didn't write the biography, hence it's a biography and not an autobiography. I should, therefore remove all reference to it in this review since it is, strictly speaking, out of context, but if I do that the review will be a 'bit light', so it stays.
"I love Partridge, but not this time"
Alan Partridge is my favourite comic character but this book is flabby. It has it's moments, but in reality the best moments are when we get get Alan's inside thoughts on the classic chat show episodes or re-hashed memories from the subsequent TV series. Nothing new in the book really rivals what we've had before.
The narration by the man himself is almost worth a fourth star.
"Not quite funny enough"
I love Steve Coogan, and this book does make you smile with all the silliness and self infatuation that is Alan Partridge, but it does get repetitive. I just feel I've seen it, it's not new and fresh anymore. So I would say, if you want to meander down memory lane with 'I, Partridge', then this will be a nice relaxing way for you to spend a few afternoon walks. I felt my afternoon walks could be more usefully spent by dropping this halfway through.
"Back of the net!!!"
Wasn't initially sure how the genius of Partridge would translate into an audio book, but needless to say Steve Coogan and his team had the last laugh. Can't wait for the sequel!
Loved it. Bit slow but gets going. Some very funny laugh out loud moments. In any event your probably only going to buy this if you like him anyway. If you do you must get this.
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