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- Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (29 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007451229
- ISBN-13: 978-0007451227
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.5 x 14.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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
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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!
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is basically his tv series wrapped around in some new material.It is funny and an enjoyable read,although I found some of the new less funny than the original.Published 17 days ago by Wingate
It goes without saying, you will enjoy this book a lot more if you are a fan of Alan Partridge or Steve Coogan's work. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Rich83
Brilliant, just brilliant. Frankenstein's monster was tame in comparison to Steve Coogan's creation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Brooker