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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Jim
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 11-25-11

Listening from the start again

Some classic quotes and images, in one hand she had a cup of tea in the other she didn't.

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  • Damien
  • 10-11-11

Brilliant Book

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.

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  • Neil
  • 04-14-12

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-18

Hilarious!

So many subtle jokes and moments of pure belly laughs! Well worth a listen and be awkwardly wowed, AHA!

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  • Mr. D. W. FERGUSON
  • 01-05-18

Fabulous

I can absolutely assure you that any AP fan will be delighted with this! Cashback!

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  • William Postins
  • 01-03-18

absolutely hilarious from start to finish

partridge continues going from strength to strength. could not have asked for anything more from a very talented writer / performer

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-18

very funny<br />definitely worth reading <br />

Love it amazing he's so bad at writing it's funny one of the best comedy books out there

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-15-17

Top Audio

Would you listen to I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan again? Why?

I would listen to this again, because it inspires me and gives me rip roaring belly laughs!

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  • 12-14-17

So funny

This is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time, really laugh out loud

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  • Symchicken
  • 12-11-17

Good book, even better audiobook.

If you buy one book, aside from Bouncing Back, make it this one. It had me in stitches (not literally) from Fortin services to Sandbach and back again (literally)

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  • 11-30-17

As always, a great performance!

Great book, from an amazing celebrity. Alan documents his interesting life, proving again that he has had the last laugh!