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I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan [Kindle Edition]

Alan Partridge
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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.

I Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan is the memoir of Alan Partridge, the nation’s favourite broadcaster. It is a work of heart-breaking majesty.

Genuinely one of the best books of the last fifteen to twenty years, I, Partridge charts the highs, lows and middle bits in the life of one of Europe’s most revered inquisitors.

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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

From the Back Cover


"The man of the moment" TV QUICK MAGAZINE (1994)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 24789 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH02Y4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great man speaks - back of the net! 16 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
"Other than those moments when I've either punched or shot people live on air, the name Alan Partridge has come to be a byword for broadcasting excellence."

With his big screen debut on the near horizon, it's a good time to visit Alan Gordon Partridge's seminal memoir (the second one, not the one that got pulped). Some may laugh, a lot, but this is no mere cheap cash-in aimed at the Christmas market but a fully realised journey through a remarkable life, the full importance of which has yet to - and may never be - realised. And Partridge pulls no punches, revisiting the highlights of his distinguished career without recycling and rehashing old material, preferring to fill in the gaps between shows - his childhood battle against nosebleeds, the breakup of his marriage (it's hard to talk about, but Harper-Collins have insisted), finding solace in pony trekking until Brokeback Mountain came out and it didn't feel right anymore, the aftermath of his fallout with Glenn Ponder, his friendships with Bill Oddie and Sue Cook, the fate of his East European girlfriend who wanted desperately to marry him or anyone else with a British visa and, most harrowing of all, the root of his Toblerone addiction heck that set him back £54,000 (more than most unhappily married men spend on prostitutes in their whole life) when introduced to the chocolate treat by either Pepsi or Shirley of Pepsi and Shirley. When familiar ground is revisited, it's seen through Alan's eyes, which some cynics may find disingenuous, not least his unique interpretation of his memorable encounter with Tony Hayers in the BBC restaurant or his not at all nitpicking ruminations on the accidental murder of Forbes McAllister live on air.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't end 28 Oct. 2011
As a massive Alan Gordon Partridge fan, I too was sceptical about this book, worrying that it would be a bit lame and play it safe and ultimately I would be dissapointed. How wrong was I. This is a book that I pick up and read but don't want to read too much because I don't want to finish it. If you are a fan it will be the best thing you read/buy all year.
You hear Partridge as you read the book and its almost as if he is reading it to you. You laugh out load because, its funny. You feel sorry for Alan, you feel embarrassed for Alan, you feel embarrassed because of Alan and sometimes you even agree with Alan.
Never written a review before but...............this is ruddy.....ruddy excellent. Back of the net!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Partridge Gold 13 Aug. 2012
By jim
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was an absolute hoot! It helps if you apreciate Partidge humour of course and as a fan I found this book absolutley hilarious. The key is to imagine his voice narrating it to you. It's an autobiography of sorts in which he talks about the many episodes of his life, some of which featured in his various tv series. However this book adds a lot of humourous depth to embelish those times we are familiar with in series such as I'm Alan Partridge. I was actually surprised at just how much depth there was to this book and how original it all felt despite having seen just about all of his television work, in some ways I found reading the book funnier than watching his shows. If you've ever sniggered at one of his television performances then buy this book, you won't regret it!
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134 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A catchphrase-free if admittedly gushing review 29 Sept. 2011
This is quite honestly the funniest book I have ever read. You'd be forgiven for thinking that an entire book written in character from one of these isles' and comedy history's most successful, developed and believable creations could fall short of expectations on many levels, but it doesn't. Not one facet of the superbly titled "I Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan" (even the TITLE is 100% character-accurate) didn't live up to my expectations.

Coogan, Iannucci and newcomers the brothers Gibbons have created a very complete history for Partridge that effortlessly (and again, believably) takes in aspects of his storied past from the events of I'm Alan Partridge right back to anecdotes recounted in the lesser-seen (or heard) radio version of Knowing Me, Knowing You (whose referenced Steven McCombe is given a further verbal thrashing by our vengeful Alan). If you've felt that some of Coogan's ventures with the character have seen disjointed (how, precisely, did he get from I'm... to the excellent Mid Morning Matters, for example, and what's become of his supporting cast?) this book should serve to tie things together, though don't misread me- this is not a loosely assembled retread of common ground. There's not a page that doesn't boast a fresh tale, an exaggerated recollection or a declaration of excellence in some mundane field. Iannucci and Coogan's belief in the character (who they attest in the DVD extras for one episode dresses the way he does because it's the way Roger Moore started to in his later Bond appearances, and in another discuss - in detail - what numbers they think Alan would find funny) is what makes this rich, rich fictional history such a compelling and comical read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine laugh-out-loud comedy masterpiece 14 Jan. 2012
Was lucky enough to be given I, Partridge as a Christmas present and only got around to starting it a few days ago. Have just completed it in just a few sittings, I can honestly state that this brilliant parody contains more laughs per page than anything I've read since Bored of the Rings!

What a wonderful creation Alan Partridge is - a sort of cringeworthy and outrageously smug, arrogant and egotistic mélange of Noel Edmonds, Eamonn Holmes and Terry Wogan; obviously hugely exaggerated but still scarily believable, which is where the genius lies. This very clever mock autobiography makes inspired references to Alan's "career" from the early days on The Day Today, Knowing Me Knowing You and through to the end of I'm Alan Partridge. This guarantees a big nostalgia kick to all fans of the TV shows, but there's more, much more. There are side-splittingly funny accounts of Alan's childhood and school days (where a lot of his smouldering grudges and hang-ups were born), his disastrous relationships, catastrophic failed projects, his bizarre hopes and aspirations and even rare moments of self-doubt such as when he considered hanging up his headphones. All these hilarious events are accompanied by copious footnotes, an admirably comprehensive (and exquisitely funny) index and even Alan's personally selected soundtrack (what a great idea!).

Obviously, if you're not a fan of the TV shows, the humour may well escape you. If you enjoyed the shows though, this is an essential purchase!

I'm probably not the only one who, on seeing a book has photos in the middle, eagerly turns to them to get a flavour of what treasures the text will hold. On opening I, Partridge, my eyes first fell upon a photo with the caption "Me, Sue Lewis, a stable lad and a horse (second left)." I spluttered my tea out at that point.

Utterly utterly brilliant!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Absobloodyexactly all the way
The life story to date of the tour de force that is Alan Partridge.
if you love the character on TV its all summed up here in black and white, to cringe away at his crass... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Tony Bendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I find this hard to read publicly without actually laughing out loud.
Published 10 days ago by Rjmurray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with item. Would recommend.
Published 28 days ago by Al Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars (don't know if this is an obvious point but is made more funny by...
Arrived really quickly. Is hilarious! (don't know if this is an obvious point but is made more funny by having seen other alan partridge series)
Published 1 month ago by 1
3.0 out of 5 stars Hahaaa
Good read typical Alan partridge style and mannerism but got extremely tedious towards the end but as a Alan partridge fan I'd say it's a good read but sometimes one can have a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Asa Lockwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Genius and better than the TV series and the film!
Published 1 month ago by Alex Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by frances
5.0 out of 5 stars A Literal LOL
Just hilarious. Read on the train a few times and embarassed myself by snorting with laughter. Perfect. So glad he "bounced back".
Published 1 month ago by MISS JULIA H LEWIS
4.0 out of 5 stars You need to read about Alan
Wonderful ... if you want Alan's voice in your head for days.
Really captures the essence of Alan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ghoti666
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Alan experience
Very funny book, huge AP fan and it didn't disappoint. He must have spent literally minutes writing this and the hard work has paid off.
Published 2 months ago by S. Luke
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