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Editorial Reviews

Britain’s most loved radio presenter, Alan Gordon Partridge, gives his innumerable fans an honest and revealing memoir, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan, which he narrates in a complete and unabridged audiobook. Partridge will entertain and engage you as he takes you over the course of his remarkable career and his equally as fascinating private life. Partridge’s life is an inspiring journey through the media industry in Britain. From a steady rise to the top, to a humble return back to his beginnings. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Alan Partridge (P)2011 HarperCollins

Critic Reviews

"Legendary." ( The Guardian)
"Some of the UK’s finest comedy." ( The Telegraph)
"Coogan’s greatest creation." ( Daily Mail)
“I’m a massive Alan Partridge fan, and this is without a doubt the funniest book I’ve ever read. You’ll be laughing at something on every single page. Its worth downloading the audiobook, though, so you can listen to Alan reading it to you.” (Greg James, Heat Magazine)

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One of the few occasions that the audiobook is better than the paperback. Coogan reading it makes it so ruddy ruddy ruddy good...

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Hilarious

Very funny. Gave me plenty of chuckles throughout. Narration was top notch. Steve/Alan did a fantastic job.

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  • Lis
  • 25-06-2018

Audible - the only way to do Alan.

Brilliant. Laugh out Loud funny. Felt like I had a portable Alan. It was great.

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Classic Partridge

I was a bit dubious as to whether Coogan could extend Alan Partridge to a full autobiography but he does it really well. Perfect for an audio book, with plenty of LOLs.

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A Comic Masterpiece

Absolutely loved every second of this. An astoundingly funny satirical masterpiece that had me laughing out loud while walking and/or on all major forms of public transport.

Coogan is a comic genius. And with help from the likes of Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It, Veep), this is an hilarious deep dive into Alan Partridge you'll want to revisit regularly!

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The greatest book ever written

Sincerely. This book is perfect. I've listened to it many, many, many many many times.

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Classic AGP

Absolutely wonderful stuff. As other reviewers have commented the benefit of the audio book is hear it in the great man's voice. What was the BBC thinking

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If you love Alan, you'll love this

To me this is absolutely hilarious, witty, clever and seven hours of Alan.
This has the humor of Alan mixed with Steve Coogan's unfaltering and brilliant reading under the guise of Alan Partridge.
The Toblerone chapter is everything for me right now.

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Brilliant

Great quality, very funny, made the commute to work breeze by.

Would recommend to any comedy fan

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  • Mrs
  • 30-01-2016

Fantastic listen

Have always loved partridge. Great to hear the story back to back. Fantastically funny. Love it

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  • John
  • 20-06-2012

An Anglican giant among pygmies

If you could sum up I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan in three words, what would they be?

black belt chat

What other book might you compare I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan to and why?

The Bible, Great Expectations, The Story of My Experiments with Truth - Mahatma Gandhi, My Early Life: A Roving Commission - Winston Churchill, Poptastic: My Life in Radio - Tony Blackburn

What does Alan Partridge bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Alan's personal reading of the book lends the words a rich timbre which, combined with his signature rhythm and a pair of noise-cancelling headphones can lead to tears, laughter or literally incontinence all over the very same page.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sorry I should have read this question first as I explained my laughter, tears and urine expulsion in the previous question.

Any additional comments?

It makes the lives of Richard Madeley and Alan Titmarsh look positively tame.

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  • Matthew Dawes
  • 01-12-2015

A Welcome Return of Cooghan's best Character.

Steve Cooghan has, once again, demonstrated his comedic wizardry in this timely revival of his most wonderful and popular character, the obnoxious, shallow and 'cringeworthy' Alan Partridge. The book is an excellent tie-up to the splendid television series. T'is a small pity that Partridge's long-suffering and terribly exploited assistant Lynne does not receive more mention. This is only a very minor criticism of a work destined to join the very best parts of the Alan Partridge canon. Absolutely splendid and most highly recommended. Pure Partridge!

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  • Sharon Pittaway
  • 17-01-2015

Entertaining in a British way

It was funny and well-read. I laughed out loud, which was quite embarrassing when I was on the train.

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  • scott brisky
  • 21-08-2012

Everything you wanted to know about Alan.

Steve really did a great job covering the whole Alan story. Extremely funny, dry and consistent with the Alan character. Will listen to this again at some point.

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  • Mike
  • 15-06-2012

Even Better Than "Bouncing Back!"

Would you listen to I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan again? Why?

Yes, until Alan gets his much deserved second series, this is the best way to enjoy more Partridge.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan?

Learning about Alan's heroic return after his crippling addiction to Toblerones.

Have you listened to any of Alan Partridge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Refreshing to hear Alan's version of his life, instead of that impostor Steve Coogan's.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed so hard that the other train riders thought I was a sexual deviant.

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  • J
  • 28-03-2012

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A classic! Throughly enjoyed something different. This will be listened to many times I'm sure.

Any additional comments?

The only way to 'read' this is Audible. Honestly, sitting there with a hardback trying to do an

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  • Justin
  • 19-03-2012

Partridge is amazing!!!

What made the experience of listening to I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan the most enjoyable?

It made me laugh so much my drink came out my nose.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning about his childhood.

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  • Katie
  • 29-02-2012

Best on TV I think...Sorry Steve

What did you like best about I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan? What did you like least?

Steve Cougan can do no wrong in my eyes...From the Calf twins to AP, The Trip to his astonishing work on the Leveson enquiry, his comic genius is assured its place in British comedy history. I read I, Partridge and found it a little dry and was therefore drawn to the audio book read by the great man in order to get a real sense of the Partri-nesque quality that we admire so much. The listen was better than the read but I was still left with an empty feeling without seeing those quintessential AP mannerisms. I subsequently watched the AP BBC series again and realised that you really do need to see the man perform in order to give it true meaning.

Would you recommend I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan to your friends? Why or why not?

No, watch it instead

Which scene was your favorite?

His university tales are very funny

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-2011

Return of the Partridge

As a fan of the various Alan Partridge series on the BBC, I was excited to hear Coogan and Co. were writing an Alan Partridge book, and when I found out Coogan would be narrating the audiobook as Alan Partridge, I knew that would definitely be the version to get. The reading does not disappoint. Alan's deadpan buffoonish style is just as funny as ever, and I found myself laughing out loud in the car many times while listening. The writing style is fun and fresh, actively calling attention to the book-writing process, as Alan tries to meet his publisher's minimum word count. My only complaint is that book covers a lot of material from the KMKY and I'm Alan Partridge, so some of the jokes/situations are recycled. Even still the writing makes them fresh. If you haven't seen all those series as many times as I have, obviously that's not a problem. Even if you have, if you're a fan of the Partridge, it's definitely worth a listen, but you probably knew that already.

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  • Lachlen
  • 10-05-2015

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