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Alan Partridge: Nomad Hardcover – 20 Oct 2016
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Overwrought, fanatically detailed, unhinged - and utterly hilarious. A must. (Alice Jones i News)
Funniest book of the year (Sunday Telegraph)
Bathos is everywhere. It's glorious. (Sam Leith The Guardian)
An uproariously funny read, with genius jokes on every page (Heat)
Partridge fans will love it (Financial Times, Books of the Year)
[Nomad] is, if you need me to tell you, hilarious (Choice)
Alan Partridge's NOMAD is almost certainly the funniest book ever written (Caitlin Moran)
Sensationally funny. What brilliant writing. (Richard Osman)
Hilarious (Jon Ronson)
Brilliantly funny (Marcus Brigstock)
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.See all Product description
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1 a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer
2 a member of a people that travels from place to place to find fresh pasture for its animals and has no permanent home
3 Scottish: “not mad”.
And from there it is wonderfully downhill as the pride of Norfolk broadcasting attempts to resurrect his career by carrying out a walk from Norwich to Dungeness Nuclear power station ‘in the footsteps of my father’ hopefully syndicated for TV broadcasting. Perhaps it is unsurprising that the attempt is vainglorious but the awful character that is Partridge comes through brilliantly in the writing. The arrogance is there in his treatment of ‘my assistant’ then the nemesis (Gyles Brandreth) to his hubris. The envy of the success of other broadcasters – notably Edmonds (whose 1st name Partridge will not mention), Julia Bradbury and Clare Balding among others is so poorly hidden .
In the course of his walk, Partridge is able to reflect on lost relationships – with his wife, with his son Fernando and with his Angel(a). He also tells the tale of his memories of a hostage situation at North Norfolk Digital for which his annoyance that he failed to get due credit in ending is clearly not reflected in his espousal that “I’m just thankful that no one was hurt (with the exception of Michael, who died).”
The premise is simple. Alan decides to set off on a walk from Norwich to Dungeness nuclear power station, where his father once failed to get a job, following in his footsteps in an attempt to learn more about the man. The storyline is really just there to hang lots of jokes and set-pieces off, and thankfully they work very well. This time around I found myself laughing quite a lot - not huge guffaws, but quiet laughter all the same - and I read the whole thing quickly. There are footnotes, and you really should read them as there are some great gags in there.
Hugely entertaining all round then!
The character. What a clever and funny man this is. I just love all comedy but this man beats them all. Joan
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