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23 January 2018
The latest volume of Alan Partridge’s memoirs – is prefaced with a definition of Nomad:
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).”