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29 Sep 2011

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?

Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile at St. Luke’s Hospital in Norwich. After replacing Peter Flint as the presenter of Scout About, he entered the top 8 of BBC sports presenters.

But Alan’s big break came with his primetime BBC chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You. Sadly, the show battled against poor scheduling, having been put up against News at Ten, then in its heyday. Due to declining ratings, a single catastrophic hitch (the killing of a guest on air) and the dumbing down of network TV, Alan’s show was cancelled. Not to be dissuaded, he embraced this opportunity to wind up his production company, leave London and fulfil a lifelong ambition to return to his roots in local radio.

Now single, Alan is an intensely private man but he opens up, for the second time, in this candid, entertaining, often deeply emotional – and of course compelling – memoir, written entirely in his own words. (Alan quickly dispelled the idea of using a ghost writer. With a grade B English Language O-Level, he knew he was up to the task.)

He speaks touchingly about his tragic Toblerone addiction, and the painful moment when unsold copies of his first autobiography, Bouncing Back, were pulped like ‘word porridge’. He reveals all about his relationship with his ex-Ukrainian girlfriend, Sonja, with whom he had sex at least twice a day, and the truth about the thick people who make key decisions at the BBC.

A literary tour de force, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan charts the incredible journey of one of our greatest broadcasters.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007451229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007451227
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Very thorough" THE NORWICH ENQUIRER.

"The man of the moment" TV QUICK MAGAZINE (1994) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't end 28 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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135 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A catchphrase-free if admittedly gushing review 29 Sep 2011
By Paul McNamee TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great man speaks - back of the net! 16 July 2013
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars starts funny... 28 Jan 2013
By David
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
...very funny but as it progresses it becomes a bit sad. A bit Steptoe & Son. Makes me want to read the Don Estelle autobiography which sounds like a real life version.
Steve Coogan is not only a very funny man but his acting and voice talent is wonderful too. If he weren't funny he'd be feted like Daniel Day Lewis.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars alan tells all.
Brilliantly done.really heard Alan's voice and even the most hard-core fans will be unable to fault the history and attention to detail.
Published 2 days ago by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and well written
Hilarious, one of the funniest books I've ever written. Do not think this is just a way for Coogan and co to earn a quick buck. Read more
Published 14 days ago by M. Roper
1.0 out of 5 stars As I can ill afford to waste money I started to read it but it's just...
I bought this book accidently. There is no way I would have bought it as I find the character spectacularly UNFUNNY. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Ex Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious. Probably funniest book I've ever read
This is a must for any Partridge fan. I'm not a Partridge diehard follower, but make no mistake, even if you only find him slightly amusing you will thoroughly enjoy the book. Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally, Utterly and Unashamedly Partridge
A frank, sensitive and touching insight into one of the UK's most popular and endearing entertainers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Cashback
That was text-book. A fantastic read and funny throughout, a must for Partridge fans. Back of the net!!!!
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Published 1 month ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Full of laugh out moments, typical Partridge but in a very good way. I understand that the audio book is even better but you can clearly "hear" AP as you read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by paj
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Partridge at his very best
I love Alan Partridge and was hoping that this was going to be a book worth reading and I am pleased to say that it was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny
If you are a fan of Alan Partridge you will love this book. Funny right from the start. You can almost imagine him reading it aloud.
Published 3 months ago by petewise
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
Pretty poor offering really as a fan of partridge I expected more but this did not deliver at all pointless book
Published 3 months ago by Pen Name
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