I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan by Alan Partridge

Published June 10, 2020

I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan by Alan Partridge

Book info

  • Title I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan
  • Author Alan Partridge
  • Year 2011
  • Genres Memoir, Humour

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder: Alan Partridge. Star of action blockbuster Alpha Papa; a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. I Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan is the memoir of Alan Partridge, the nation’s favourite broadcaster. It is a work of heart-breaking majesty. Genuinely one of the best books of the last fifteen to twenty years, I, Partridge charts the highs, lows and middle bits in the life of one of Europe’s most revered inquisitors.


I listened to the audiobook of this, which was, of course, read by Steve Coogan, or by Alan Partridge himself, I suppose we should say. The Partridge humour is some that doesn’t always work for me, but when it does, it makes me laugh a lot. His overblown manner, desperate to be more interesting and important than he is, it grates but it is kinda amusing. His judgement of others is a bit of a let-down, but equally, when he ends up being the butt of the joke, then it’s all worked out in the end.

I don’t think I know enough of the Partridge back catalogue to have appreciated if and when there were references to what has been seen on TV or on radio, but I knew enough to enjoy the listening experience and to want to dip back into the Partridge world.

Rating: 4 / 5

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