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Alan Partridge: Nomad

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In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance. Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final le ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 20th 2016 by Orion
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Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There aren't many comic actors who have grown into their characters the way Steve Coogan has grown into Alan Partridge. When Partridge first appeared in On The Hour in 1991, he was a sort of generic parody of sports presenters, mashed increasingly with a nightmarish caricature of Richard Madeley. (Anyone who has met Madeley will be able to tell you that he basically is Alan Partridge.) Then, Steve Coogan was a 26-year-old playing a middle-aged man. Now, he's 52 himself, and has more or less resi ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The deeply personal follow-up to Alan Partridge's deeply personal autobiography, I, PARTRIDGE, charting the highs, lows, and mediums of his one-man walking tour around (certain parts of) Britain.

Not much more I can say than 'Pure Genius' If you know Alan Partridge, watched his TV programes, read his books or seen any of his DVD's, you will eat this up very quickly. It is absolutely hilarious. It's not often I laugh out loud when reading a book, but I couldn't stop with this read.

If you don't kno
Alex Sarll
A merciless piss-take of every bullshit 'personal journey' every celeb ever undertook, as Alan undertakes the Footsteps Of My Father TM walk to come to terms with the memory of his late father, and definitely not because he's under the mistaken belief he might get a new TV series out of it (because he's perfectly happy working on North Norfolk Digital's mid-morning slot, OK? He even explains why it's really much better than certain other slots which people might mistakenly consider higher profil ...more
Mark Porton
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nomad, by Alan Partridge is another hilarious 5-star audio-book.

My usage of TENA pads increased two-fold during this listening. That is no word of a lie, to laugh is one thing – and laugh I did, but to repeatedly guffaw (hard) when you least expect it does wondrous things for one’s capacity to hold onto even the emptiest of bladders.

Here Alan decides to embark on a walking odyssey to honour his late father:

” Lionel Gordon was my father, but some people say father’s stop being your father when t
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, audible
When I purchased this audiobook I had assumed that Alan Partridge was a real British celebrity, with this the story of his walk through Britain an actual travel narrative. In part, yes, but not that kind of story.

Reminded me a lot of Pooter in the Victorian satire Diary of a Nobody, but while that fellow was an upfront social climber, Partridge assumes he's "made it" with condescension for all. Normally, that would make a character insufferable; here, however, there are moments of self-deprecati
Anthony Ryan
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alan Partridge, under-appreciated TV chat maestro and King of East Anglian daytime radio, embarks upon a trek from Norwich to Dungeness in the footsteps of his late father, determined to solve the mystery of how he failed to get a job with British Nuclear Fuels. In the course of his increasingly physically demanding sojourn Partridge encounters a cross-section of British society, often intent on cruelly pretending not to recognize a national icon, before reaching his destination and experiencing ...more
Lee Peckover
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's no surprise to find that one of the nation's most underrated broadcasters has managed to produce another literary classic.

When will the BBC wake up and realise what they're missing?

As far as the book goes, I'd rank it similarly to I, Partridge. The latter, a perfect look at the celebrity autobiography, the former having elements of the same, but with a genuinely Bill Bryson-esque look into Britain.

Where Alan differs from Bill is in his insights into the areas of Britain that Bryson shies
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! I listened to the audio-book of this and would definitely recommend it to fans, Steve Coogan does an awesome job as ever.
Not quite as good as 'I, Partridge' but totally worth your time.
This had me laughing out loud and is worthy addition to the Alan Partridge saga.
Mark H.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A nice light read. I love AP so I will demolish anything Steve Coogan does with him. The oblivious, cringe humour throughout the book is spot on. Recommended (but only if you know the character - not one for the newbies).
Ramon Battershall
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh dear, I was really looking forward to this, but it was underwhelming in the extreme. The first problem was that the fundamental concept made little sense. Alan may well traverse a path trod (or rather driven) by his father if he was being filmed doing it, but to walk so far for the purposes of a book seemed somewhat out of character. Another problem with the idea is that his father has gone from being a fairly average nonentity in the first book to being an unpleasant bully in the second, thu ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Alan Partridge and have enthusiastically followed his various appearances on radio, TV and cinema.

I enjoyed Alan Partridge's first book I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan and so was keen to make another foray into the wonderful world of Partridge.

I listened to the audiobook version and enjoyed many a hearty laugh, a lot of chuckles and numerous smiles. Somehow this character always manages to hit the sweet spot and, if anything, as his own career trajectory has declined
Rob Thompson
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nomad should have won a Booker Prize
Even after all these years, Alan Partridge is a comedy gift that keeps on giving. Especially, if you listen to the audio book. Its as though Alan is in the room with you. Or perhaps you're listening to Mid Morning Matters? Either way, you'll get six-hours listening to the inner monologue of a petty, immature and deluded man. A man who always tries to ‘get the last laugh’. A man who has a glorious lack of self-awareness.

In Nomad we see Alan deciding to set off
Marc Nash
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Alan Partridge then this will deliver exactly. It's snide, snarky and self-delusional. It mangles metaphors and runs on unable to finish some word association its started. It is blissfully unaware of its own moral failings and petty vindictiveness. It is SATIRE. Only maybe one or two laugh out loud moments (really hard to do from silent reading) and lots of the real sharp stuff is in the footnotes. It's deliberately unedited in places as Mt Partridge mangles grammar and spelli ...more
Chris Steeden
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one for any Partridge fan. I must have laughed out loud every five pages. The great thing is you can just visualise Alan as he walks in the footsteps of his father to Dungeness Nuclear Power Station. Alan finds evidence that his father had an interview at the nuclear power station but never made it to the interview. Alan is going to honour his dead father, even though he didn't like him, by walking from Norfolk down to Dungeness.

Like Julia Bradbury, Clare Balding and Michael Portillo
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fiction, biography
I'm not normally one for audio books but 'Nomad' being read by Coogan as AGP himself is what makes it even funnier. You're probably not going to get it unless you're a Partridge fan, of course, as there are so many references to his backstory. Really had me in fits of giggles at times and definitely an example of quintessential Partridge.

*Footnote* - it's ruddy bloody good.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you read the other reviews of this book you will probably waste a good deal of your time and I can tell you why. But I don't know you so there isn't any reason I should do it. Why don't you read the book and write your own review, or have your assistant do it for you? ...more
Michael Legge
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shame he dies in the end.
Rob Adey
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are... downsides to living in 2017, but being alive at the same time as Partridge is still happening is at least something.
Stephen Curran
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fours days after finishing this and I am still - STILL - laughing at some of the lines. This is peak Partridge, I think. Better than its ever been.
Thomas Brand
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, biography, comedy
First off, if you’re not a fan of Alan Partridge - and amazingly some people aren’t - then you won’t enjoy this book. Give it a miss. But if, like me, you are then this is something you really should read.

The key to the character’s success over the years has been how Coogan has used him across different formats and styles, changing it up with new new show to avoid it all getting stale. The genius of this book, and “I, Partridge” before it, is how it manages to portray events through Alan’s pers
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, it's not deathless literature, but I can't imagine that anyone who has enjoyed Partridge in his other media incarnations wouldn't get a big kick out of this. The character's voice is 100% accurate, and I'm happy to report that a book made me laugh out loud - often - for the first time in many years. If you don't know who Partridge is, I can't imagine this tome would make sense in the slightest. ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I laughed a lot but the joke did run dry
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a long-term resident of the fine Norfolk city of Norwich, this was a must-read for me. It's the inspiring story of local DJ Alan Partridge's walk in the footsteps of his father, from Norwich to the Dungeness power station in Kent, where his father failed to get a job in the 1960s. There are few detours and mishaps along the way, involving Nick Knowles, Steve Backshall and other prominent British entertainment figures, but this doesn't detract from the essential story of one man's ambitious jo ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
".....I discovered a natural flair for the hiding component of the well-known parlour game 'Hide and Be Seeked'. Many was the time I'd spend entire afternoons jammed into the smallest of spaces, barely able to suppress my laughter as my hapless parents, unable to find me, got their coats and went to the cinema or pub to see of I'd hidden there."

The index, his ambition, the parade of c-listers, his treatment of Lynn, his delusion, his love affair with tacky british institutions, his dog-whistle p
Craig Smith
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been reading a lot of ancient history recently, and it's no exaggeration* to say that Alan Partridge walking from Norwich to Dungeness Nuclear Power Station in tribute to his late father is a journey to rival even that of Odysseus, Aenaes, or Frodo.

Consummately narrated in audiobook format by Steve Coogan, it's a constant delight. A fitting follow-up to the earlier I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan.

*(Footnote: Maybe a little)
Chrissy Evans
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cannot recommend the audio book version highly enough. Needless to say, I had the last laugh.
Bad Girl Bex
One of those funny little books that are well worth checking out if you're a fan of the character, or if you just like eccentric British comedy on the whole. I needed something silly and light-hearted to try and counter all the black-pills I've been swallowing back with my recent reading choices...and this definitely hit the spot.

I have to confess however, that rather than reading the physical text in this case, I actually went with the audio-book, because it's narrated by Steve Coogan in charac
Ross Maclean
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A perfectly pitched satire of the inspirational journey subgenre. It manages to distill the character’s foibles and succeeds through using multiple layers to air Partridge’s thinly veiled vitriol and less-than-honourable motivations beneath a sheen of virtue. It also acts as a post-I, Partridge follow-up taking in the Sky specials and Alpha Papa and there’s great comedy mined from Alan’s alternate assessment of events we’ve seen visually depicted. Another solid addition to the canon and the inne ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I really enjoyed this - I think I slightly preferred this to the first book, but the latest podcast is my favourite overall. I strongly recommend experiencing it as an audiobook - it’s read (in character) by Steve Coogan and it is very often laugh out loud funny and a great listen. (Although it is less than 6 hours long - I think all audiobooks should, by law, have to be at least 10 hours - if a book isn’t long enough to last for 10 hours, narrators should ad lib to make up the time)
Not as good as 'I, Partridge', but still worth a listen (why would you read this when you can listen to Coogan reading it in character?). Some of the jokes are a bit laboured, and the story has a slow start. It's shorter than 'I, Partridge', and yet feels overlong. More Partridge is still better than no Partridge, but they could do better. ...more
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