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I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

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Book by Partridge, Alan.

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder: Alan Partridge. Star of action blockbuster Alpha Papa; 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. B
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2011)
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When I joined the BBC in the heady days of the early 2000s, Alan Partridge was still a legendary figure – pacing the corridors of Television Centre in immaculate flannel slacks, and spoken of in the same breath as the other master-interviewers of the modern era: Parkinson, Ross, Christian, Madeley. In many ways, he even influenced the great American talk-programme hosts like Letterman or Leno. Not in a literal sense, obviously, but perhaps in some other sense.

I only met the great man once, when
Nov 15, 2011 Sean rated it it was amazing
Despite the stocking filler timing of its release, this ranks as the second funniest book I've ever read. Written in the style of the unreliable narrator, its an autobiography of the fictional radio and TV presenter Alan Partridge.

If you don't know who Partridge is, this book will read as a brilliant satire of any minor celebrity that has cashed in on writing a life story the world really could have done without. All the tropes are there: dramatizing a mundane childhood, hamming their life up a
There's probably not a great deal I can say about this, really; the fact that it's a spoof autobiography of a fictional comedy character tells you all you need to know. If you're a huge fan of Alan Partridge, you'll probably find it a very amusing read - if you're not, well, it's not going to be of much interest. The narrative captures Alan's voice brilliantly - I almost felt I could hear him speaking as I read it - but I kept having to take a break from it, as there was only so much of this I c ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Ronnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those of us that have grown up with Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge, this book will either have you excited with anticipation, or fearful that his most successful character might end up going the way of Tony Ferrino or Duncan Thicket. Fear not, "I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan" is every bit the Partridge book that you would've hoped for.

The autobiography takes us from Partridge's childhood through to his time in radio and then on TV with The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You. Clev
Anthony Ryan
Nov 20, 2014 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing
Powerful and compelling autobiography from one of the giants of British Broadcasting. Partridge gives us a courageously warts and all account, from his in no way invented nightmarish childhood to his in no way embellished and misremembered career as perhaps the finest sports reporter / chat maestro of his day. Also features some fascinating insights into the revolution in British garage forecourt design and the most effective tank of World War II. Do yourself a favour and pick up the audiobook, ...more
Jul 01, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books I've ever read. After reading the book a friend told me that is was available as an audiobook with Coogan reading the entire thing in character. I might just play I, Partridge on a continual loop in my car from now on, it was that good.

"That – the liking of other people towards myself – found itself manifested with all the clarity this sentence has in manifesting itself in front of yourself as you currently read."

"Snowflakes fell from the sky like tiny pieces of a snowm
Aug 04, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
As funny as you'd expect, which is to say pretty damn funny. Partridge remains one of the most fully developed and endlessly fascinating comic creations of recent years, in my opinion, and none of that fascination wanes over the course of 300 pages of autobiography, even if some of it does go over old ground already covered in his various TV and radio shows. Some reviews suggest it also works as a satire on celebrity memoirs, but I wouldn't know as I've never read any. You probably already know ...more
Andy Logan
May 23, 2012 Andy Logan rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Consistently funny and entertaining, I've rarely laughed out loud so many times at one book.

Written "in character", it gives a fascinating insight into the thought process of the oft-deluded, always derided persona that IS "Mr Norfolk Radio".

The simultaneous tragedy and genius of Alan Partridge is that he's a loser who doesn't think he's a loser. No matter what happens to him, whether it's self inflicted or out of his hands, it's never, ever Alan's fault, and it's never, ever a setba
Sherif Nagib
Oct 03, 2014 Sherif Nagib rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الكناب ده درس في إزاي الواحد ممكن يكون ماسك شخصية كوميدية لأدق أدق تفاصيلها واستطراداتها وملحوظاتها الدقيقة. الكتاب ساخر ومفروض إنه بيروي قصة حياة "ألان بارتريدج". شخصية كوميدية خلقها الممثل البريطاني "ستيف كوجان". سمعت النسخة الصوتية من الكتاب بصوت "ستيف كوجان" بعد ماقريت تويت لواحد من مخرجيني المفضلين في مجال الكوميديا (إدجار رايت)بيرشح، وأرشحه بشدة. سبع ساعات من الضحك الفشيخ، والأداء الصوتي ممتاز.
Feb 09, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humour, biography
Very funny throughout!
I was expecting this to be aimed squarely at Partridge fans, but really this is entertaining enough as a parody of any celeb navel-gazing autobiography.

Jurassic Park!
Nov 07, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Spoiler alert. Actual quotes from the actual book:

Do you believe in guardian angels? I do. Not the winged ones you see in films. As I’ve often explained to my assistant (a Christian female), as well as being aerodynamically unfeasible, wings sprouting from the shoulder blades would pull the ribcage backwards and gradually suffocate the angel – a cause of death that’s similar, ironically, to that of crucifixion.

So, in early 1977 I cycled the 26 miles to Carol’s parents’ house to meet with her fat
Rob Bick
Feb 27, 2014 Rob Bick rated it it was amazing
Back of the net
Paul Gelsthorpe
Jan 26, 2014 Paul Gelsthorpe rated it really liked it

This is an parody of the autobiography style, and also a intermittently funny book about the life of TV comedy character Alan Partridge. Anyone who grew up with 'Knowing me, knowing you' or 'I'm Alan Partridge' will enjoy this book as it's basically a run through of the incidents portrayed in the TV shows, with some added bits about Alan's childhood, as is the wont of celebrity autobiography.

One thing that strikes me about this book is that it's very well written, and the character is so st
Oct 26, 2011 Liam rated it really liked it

As a local Norwich chap, Alan Partridge is a comic creation that certainly divides opinion. Some people think that Norfolk's second most famous son (after Bernard Matthews) has done more harm to the city than good - but I disagree, he's put our Fine City on the map.

This fictional spoof memoir had me literally laughing out loud from the off. It depicts Alan’s life from his childhood years (where his cold-hearted mother made him return from school to an empty home, making him fend for
David Manns
Jan 20, 2012 David Manns rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour
What can we say about Alan Partridge that hasn't already been said? True, most of it has been said by Partridge himself, but that's by the by. Bestriding the nineties and noughties like a broadcasting behemoth, he has carved what can only be called a career through both Radio and Television, bringing his own special magic to both mediums.

In this book of words and pictures he tells his life story, from his birth to his current berth (see what I did there?) at North Norfolk Digital (Norfolk's Best
Jun 23, 2014 Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
I read this book while lying in bed all day with a rare form of nose cold. This was not man flu as some colleagues who are jealous of me suggested, but the very specific and unique disease Akingaliousis syndrome [CHECK SPELLING] confirmed by a thorough and rigourous and accurate self-diagnosis using the Internet. Anyway, the point is the bed is a marvellous model. Queen size no less and of very solid construction (four inbuilt sliding drawers option) providing superb firmness with just the requi ...more
Steve Horsfall
Mar 07, 2012 Steve Horsfall rated it liked it
I really liked the idea of the book and was really impressed with the early chapters, that you can tell are written with verve and enthusiasm. As you read you can hear Alan's voice narrating as the style of writing fits perfectly. Loved the section on the Scouts and Alan's anecdotes about his celebrity pals; Bill Oddie, Sue Cook, Jim Rosenthal and a brilliant episode with Sally Gunnell. The book's weakness though are the patchy bits where we either get a re-hash of the TV series or overcooked sc ...more
Andrew Mcdonald
Jan 03, 2016 Andrew Mcdonald rated it really liked it
Cringeingly funny as expected. On Kindle was hard to follow the footnotes. Better in audiobook or real.
Aug 30, 2015 Michel rated it it was ok
Um, wel, ja.

Ik heb daarnet nog eens het begin van Knowing Me, Knowing You opgezet:

En jawel, dat bleef overeind. De stukken van dit boek waar ik me kon voorstellen hoe het “in het echt” was, omdat ik de beelden voor ogen had, konden soms nog nét een glimlach van herkenning brengen. De rest: not so much.

Tegen het einde van het boek doet “Alan” alsof hij doet alsof hij stukken Wikipedia overneemt om aan een minimum aantal woorden te geraken voor zijn uitgever, en dat was het moment dat het een beet
Ian Plenderleith
May 06, 2015 Ian Plenderleith rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
The memoir of Steve Coogan’s fictional, narcissistic nerd Alan Partridge, now a DJ at North Norfolk Digital, stays true to the one-dimensional, Daily Mail-reading archetype whose utterances induce equal amounts of delight and embarrassment. An accurate mirror of mediocre Middle England, Partridge’s inane wisdom and relentlessly self-serving (and at times unhinged) actions cause you to cringe even as you nervously laugh – ridiculous but, in a John Major way, frighteningly real. Sample quote (in t ...more
Bryan Williams
Jan 07, 2016 Bryan Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
To say this book was hilarious would be an understatement. I laughed non-stop from beginning to end, and even after the end, so much so that I went back to the beginning to read to the end again! Witty, well-written, silly yet sentimental, with the recommended playlist and the footnotes often acting as additional punchlines for the many funny anecdotes. Will recommend this for anyone even vaguely familiar with the Alan Partridge character.
Paul Holland
Mar 01, 2014 Paul Holland rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. It made my thoughts go round in my mind like trainers in a tumble dryer.
Gavin Bull
May 01, 2016 Gavin Bull rated it it was amazing
A very funny autobiography charting Alan's career through his own eyes. There are many laugh out loud moments throughout the first 250 pages although I felt after after the events of IAP series 2 the book fell a little flat. Really enjoyed name checking of real celebrities:Oddie, Cooke, Rosenthal, Newbon, Ryder and Lynam;that have become Alan's friends or enemies(which would be worse?!).
Elwood D Pennypacker
Is this the greatest work ever produced in the history of human civilization and indeed potentially of any civilization in the history of the universe from its beginning to end? I am not saying it is, I am merely asking it in the form of a question, indeed a question that would be framed in just this way by the author of this book, ALAN PARTRIDGE.

I won't begin to postulate an answer to the above question. You may discover the answer for yourself. But there is no question that I, PARTRIDGE is a T
Martyn Perry
May 19, 2015 Martyn Perry rated it it was amazing
Got this as a free audio book from Audible and it is an extremely entertaining listen.

With Coogan on vocal duties and reading in character, with a laugh out loud moment every couple of minutes, this is simply a very, very, very, very, very, very, very funny book.

Lovely stuff.

(Not my words, but the words of Shakin' Stevens)
Dec 28, 2011 Freya rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Much more enjoyable than expected. I'm always dubious when books come out after a major TV series but this didn't disappoint whatsoever. It was JUST as funny as all the Alan Partridge series', I'd definitely watch Mid Morning Matters online first though, because it makes the last few chapters more enjoyable.
Nigel Carroll
Aug 28, 2015 Nigel Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Easily the funniest book I have ever written!

The stories of his early days in On The Hour and The Day Today are absolutely brilliant. The continuity is very well maintained throughout. What I especially liked is Alan's take on events that happened in his life that he has altered to make himself look better, despite the fact we already have seen what went on.

I actually took so long to read this book 2nd time round on the Kindle. Normally, I like to highlight sentences or paragraphs in a book tha
Aug 23, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
I'm not sure why you would read this if you weren't a fan of Alan Partridge but if you are, it's gold. Alan leads us through his long and eventful career, spending just as much time recounting his desk organisation strategies as he does the occasion he shot a man through the heart live on TV. Genius.

Full of little details, minutiae and tedious depictions of his favourite hardware items, while bitching about all the people who wronged him, it's all funny in an intensely Alan way. There's a nice
Martin Sharp
Dec 29, 2011 Martin Sharp rated it really liked it
Very funny autobiography of the Norfolk broadcasting legend. This book pulls no punches and Alan is brutally honest about his battle with addiction (toblerones) and his desire to please his army of fans.
Highly recommended and I challenge you not to read it with Alan's voice in your head!
Daniel Morgan
Nov 08, 2011 Daniel Morgan rated it really liked it
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the TV shows featuring this character. Having seen all the shows it's great to get Alan's perspective on his life and it's hilarious how he justifies the things that have happened to him. Ah-ha!!!
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