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I, Partridge:
We Need To Talk About Alan

Alan Partridge

Average Review Rating Average Rating 10/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Harper

Published : 2011

Copyright : Alan Partridge 2011

ISBN-10 : PB 0-00-744918-6
ISBN-13 : PB 978-0-00-744918-7

Publisher's Write-Up

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.

'Pure comic genius.'

The Independent

'The funniest book of the year and possibly all time.'


'This should be nominated for the Booker prize…it’s a really funny book but it’s actually more than that…it blows my post-modern mind.'

David Baddiel
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Review by Jon (301112) Rating (10/10)

Review by Jon
Rating 10/10
This book has literally had me attracting some strange looks from people in Tesco, at garage forecourts, in Costa Coffee - in fact everywhere I go, as I burst into spontaneous fits of uncontrolled laughter, whilst remembering passages from the book whirring around my mind, painting mental pictures of this larger than life, egotistical, brash, deluded idiot, in this epic, farcical, ridiculous journey through the life that is 'Alan Partridge, or 'Anal Dirge Prat' as I will now affectionately refer to him as. I urge anyone not to spit tea from their mouth/suffer from aching ribs/almost wet oneself - etc., etc... Steve Coogan, you are a genius of comedy - Back of the net!!!!!

Jon (30th November 2012)

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