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I Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan [Hardcover]

Alan Partridge
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Dec 5 2011
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.

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'The funniest book of the year and possibly all time.' *****Heat 'This book is a genuinely hilarious read' Shortlist 'A rare treat! painfully funny in that inimitable Alan way.' **** Sunday Express 'As a parody of celebrity autobiography, it's sound; but as a sustained piece of comic writing, it's outstanding.' **** Time Out 'Brilliantly witty' The Times '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 'I, Partridge might just be the funniest book I've ever read. Proper laugh out load moment on every page.' Richard Bacon 'This fictional memoir ! could be the antidote to the celeb biographies that clog the Christmas book market. It's as acute a spoof of the publishing sub-genre as the Alan Partridge character is of a whole tranche of crassly opinionated lowbrow broadcasters!brilliantly sustained wit.' Evening Standard 'I, Partridge is an indispensable guide to what it's like to be an all-round media personality in the 21st Century. In this, it compares very well with the finest in the genre.' **** Mail on Sunday ***** The Telegraph 'Extremely funny' Word Magazine 'Pure comic genius' The Independent 'The best book of the year! without peer! I urge people to go out and buy it.' Danny Baker 'An acutely observed mock-memoir, touching on the great man's highs (receiving a Burton's Gold Card) and lows (Toblerone addiction) in equally self-regarding manner.' Independent on Sunday 'A magnificent comedy creation'; 'The significant celebrity book this year.' The Guardian

About the Author

Alan Partridge presents Mid Morning Matters on North Norfolk Digital. Broadcaster, writer, motivational speaker, sports fan, thought-leader, businessman and consummate professional, Alan enjoys bitter shandy, high-end knitwear, The Daily Mail newspaper and personal success. He is currently doing very well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhh Haaaaa! June 27 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book, very funny if you like his humor. Since Coogan also reads the audiobook version, I would recommend that as well. Bloody hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poor typeface decision almost enough to spoil a fascinating, heartfelt account from a living legend. (i.e. Alan Partridge) Oct. 16 2011
By Stephen Muldoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am in equal measures disgusted and unsurprised by some of the reviews I have read of this stunningly good book -'hilarious', 'laugh out loud' (lol in shorthand), 'great comic creation' - are all very wide of the mark and indicative of the kind of dismissive, undeserved reaction that some elements of the public have displayed towards Alan Gordon Partridge.

As one of the most influential and enduring televisual talents in the english speaking world (in the post Trev & Simon / Going Live era), Partridge has again and again defied his critics (both amature and so called professional) and continued on regardless, which is to his credit and testament to his ability to continue on regardless. (anyone who thinks this repetition is lazy use of language, all I would say to this is that a Roget's Thesauraus attitude to journalism and blogging ('web-logging') is all very well and good but sometimes the truth must out and the repetition technique really brings a point home).
(Note to self - check if using brackets within brackets is correct grammer before submitting comment - perhaps rare opportunity to use squiggley brackets?)

However, this otherwise excellent book is badly let down by the decision to go with the Arial typeface. As a man very much of the old school, I feel that Times New Roman would really have offered the kind of classic touch that this potential classic deserves. Whoever made this decision is an utter idiot. I considered deducting a star from my rating because of this, but that seemed unreasonable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to experience I, Partridge Nov. 7 2011
By David ODonnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Surely the audio version of this book is the best, nay, only way to experience this great biography. The humor is intensified in the perfect delivery you've come to expect from Coogan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hours and hours of Alan! Dec 3 2011
By long beach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For fans of Steve Coogan, this is a must-have. Alan Partridge loves talking about Alan Partridge, and in these CD's we hear every detail of his life and career, starting with his difficult childhood (such horrific abuse!), his marriage and divorce, and his ups and downs (mostly the latter) in the world of broadcasting. An intelligent and hilarious profile of the totally self-absorbed Alan, read by the brilliant Steve Coogan, this is a welcome addition to anyone's Alan Partridge collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I shouldn't have left it, half-unread, in a hotel room... July 7 2012
By Primrose Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I shouldn't have left it, half-unread, in a hotel room...
...since the paperbacks of this apparently aren't being sold in the US and I could'a sold it on and recuperated some of the three pounds thirty three I spent on it in a Tesco at midnight a couple of weeks ago. :-)

Some Coogan/Alan Partridge moments are absolutely hilarious. Some Coogan moments (like at points in the tv show "The Trip") are admirably sad, cringe-worthy, and honest. Most kind of miss the mark though (like all of "Dr Horrible's House of Horrible".) When the only character of his that I knew was Partridge, I went to a West End show by Coogan about 12 years ago, expecting it to be really funny, and it wasn't really: 8% amusing or touching, 25% unfunny and pointless, 67% no-great-shakes. That's pretty much been my personal impression of his output since then, so I knew that when I bought this book, but I always give Coogan the benefit of the doubt. [And I thought his private-citizen contributions on "Newsnight" and such about the press-intrusion scandal in the UK were pretty good, especially that time that he sparred with the weaselly, feathered-hair dude from the tabloid world.]

When I bought this book, I was looking for something that would be light and engaging to read on a long overnight flight. When reading it, I chuckled at times, but it wasn't amusing enough for me to keep plugging away with, so I left it half-unread in a hotel room when I had to consolidate my stuff into fewer pieces of luggage. I don't regret not finishing it, but I don't regret having spent a couple of (captive) hours on reading half of it, to give it a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed Out Aloud a Lot Aug. 31 2012
By Henrik Warne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the autobiography of the fictional character Alan Partridge, the chat show host from the tv show Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. In my opinion that's one of the funniest tv shows ever (on a par with BBC's The Office).

This book is as funny as the tv show. I actually laughed out aloud many times - something which I almost never do while reading. I also felt compelled to quote passages from the book to anybody that would listen - there were just so many hilarious parts. Highly recommended.
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