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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...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2011)
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Warwick
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...more
Ronnie
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...more
Blair
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
Sean
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...more
David
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...more
Simon
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
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...more
Sherif Nagib
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.
Rob Bick
Back of the net
Liam
AHAAAAAAAAA!

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...more
Iain
Van Morrisson once sang “No Guru No Method No Teacher” but how wrong can one roly-poly Irishman be ? There is a man who is all these things and more - a man called Alan Gordon Partridge. A hero a role model and an inspiration to us all.

You will weep actual tears as Alan recounts his horrific childhood with a father who once made him clean out the garage on a sunny day and a mother who regularly left him home alone at the age of 14 for up to 45 minutes at a time.
He displays bravery beyond his you...more
Daniel
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
...more
David Manns
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...more
Howard
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
Emily
After the death of Alan's nemesis Tony Heyers:

It was only polite that I got in touch with Jane Heyers. I barely knew her and she'd not exactly covered herself in glory by marrying an idiot like Tony, but widows are needy people and I was going to do everything in my power to support her. So I sent her a travel clock wrapped in black tissue paper and in a black box- not the ones from aircraft. (footnote: Which are actually painted red. Try finding a black cuboid on a sea bed. It'd take you all bl...more
Steve Horsfall
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
Paul Holland
Brilliant. It made my thoughts go round in my mind like trainers in a tumble dryer.
Gavin Bull
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?!).
Paul Gelsthorpe
A-ha!

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...more
Freya
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.
Andy
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...more
Martin Sharp
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!
Harold
Who better to write a self-serving autobiography than Alan Partridge, the vain, insecure, and superficial alter-ego of comedian Steve Coogan. If you're unfamiliar with the character, try to imagine a British version of Stephen Colbert or Ron Burgundy. Neither of those comparisons really does Partridge justice, but at least you've got the basic idea. He first appeared on BBC radio back in the early 1990s and has since starred in a number of TV series and a 2013 movie - which I have yet to see. "I...more
Pete Sinclair
Lovely Stuff:

He’s moved to America now so he won’t mind me talking about it, but his wife did used to beat
him quite a lot. She’s still in the UK but I’m not naming her. Anyway, I think she’s reverted to her
Polish maiden name. She’s a teacher in Nantwich.
According to Jim, she used to beat him with a plastic hosepipe then whirl it round her head so it
made a futuristic noise. It may well be that she used to work for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
(The BBCRW used to manufacture sounds in the pre-synth
...more
Simon
Quite literally a top drawer* read (*NB drawer, not shelf, although chapter 30 gets pretty steamy**) (**not literally). Señor Partridge, I*** salute you! (***as in I, Partridge****)(****not literally. I think.)
Louise Brown
Very, very funny but slightly outstays its welcome (ironic considering one of the running gags is Partridge trying to up the word count to the publisher's minimum).
David Cheshire
We follow Alan as his celebrity chat-show host career implodes and he steadily descends the radio DJ career ladder. AP really is one of the profound comedy creations of our time. His knowledge of garage forecourts and micro-waves; his barking pitches for new TV programmes; his vainglorious blindness to what people truly think of him; his name-dropping (surely Sue Cook will sue?); his opinionated ignorance; his appalling treatment of his staff; everything is redeemed by searing honesty, utter sel...more
Ewan
Quite simply one of the most cringe-worthy, side-splittingly funny, laugh-out-loud books I have ever read.
Stephen Curran
Although spending almost seven hours in the company of Alan Partridge might not sound overly appealing, this is inspired character comedy. Steve Coogan's performance on the audio book is pitch perfect, worth listening to for Alan's brainstormed list of potential house names alone: (“Coleman House, Atlantis, Ace House, Alan House, The Cottage, The Old Rectory, Barn Cottage, Follyfoot, Steed Manor, Lord House, Rockford House, Flambards, Brideshead House, The Skirmishes, Apache, Tomahawk, Sceptre H...more
Michael Legge
Shame he dies in the end.
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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?

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