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I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan | Hardback

Released on 29 September 2011

Author: Alan Partridge | Format: Hardback

5.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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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.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 If only Alan was born a generation earlier...

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First class and inspirational read, covering the dazzling heights and Toblerone fuelled lows of a British Icon.
Bouncing Back was good, but this is better- it's left me believing that if Alan was born a generation earlier the world would have been his oyster- interview journalism to game show host, he'd have been better than Monkhouse and Forsyth and the world would be a better place from it.

 He's an awesome fool!

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Top 10 Sport and Outdoor Reviewer

I'm a huge fan of Alan Partridge and the book did not disappoint, it's all just typical Alan. I even found myself reading it in his voice in my head.
I've laughed out loud so many times when reading and it's worth every penny. The charachter is genius and there are cringeworthy moments the whole way trhough, it gave me everything that I had hoped for.
Massive thumbs up!

 Bounced Back Brilliantly

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As a huge AP fan I started this with trepidation as I worried it couldn't possible live up to the legend that is Sir Alan of Partridge. From start to uplifting finish this is as on form as AP ever was. Incredibly funny, moving (toblerobe addition) and with anecdotes galore (Being 'catastrophically ming-monged' with Sally Gunnell) being my peronal highlight) it is a must read for any Partridge fan. Really hoping that an audio version will be released !

 Consistently funny.

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All the awkwardness, pretension, rudeness and ignorance of social norms we expect of Alan is packed tenfold in to this tome, which would make an ideal companion for a long train journey to anywhere but London. Arguably the funniest moments involve Alan's encounters with other celebrities, including Philip Schofield (and his shoes).

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AuthorAlan Partridge
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers (United Kingdom)
Year2011
ISBN9780007449170
FormatHardback - 336 Pages
Illustrations(2x8pp colour plates)