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Alan Partridge: Nomad

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It means I can get everything else I need to finish and that I’m not focusing on listening for too long. I’m positive that I’d have heard Alan’s voice in my head had I read the book but Coogan has such an understanding of this character that it feels like a book that needs to be listened to. There are some very funny sections and Alan’s self-aggrandisement, self-delusion, absurdity, pettiness and point-scoring are almost always amusing. Of course, it’s all coming from his point-of-view so all of these insights are hilarious rather than meaningful. He decides to retrace steps his father took in his younger days in East Anglia, a place where Morris Dancing is fashionable, pedestrianisation of cities like Norwich is a passionate issue and one can walk for miles through verdant fields.

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. In an attempt to feel closer to his father, Alan decides to follow the journey he once took for a job interview. This week’s offering was something that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time but wasn’t sure how I would feel about it.I needed something silly and light-hearted to try and counter all the black-pills I've been swallowing back with my recent reading choices. Early on in the book Partridge admits to padding the word count with meaningless filler, and it's depressing to realise that it's not merely a gag but the literal truth.

Steve Coogan, the man behind Alan Partridge is certainly taking the piss out of other like memoirs and travel journals. However, it is essential that you know Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge character and his quirks to truly understand, appreciate, and enjoy the book.Anyway, my point is simply that Heathrow is just a much more exciting piece of kit than Gatwick and Alan needs to get this simple fact through his head and stop spreading his malign anti-Heathrow propaganda. The satire is scrappy too, half the time Alan's views are being mocked, while the other times Alan seems to be being used as a mouthpiece for the authors' more right-on metropolitan views. The character's voice is 100% accurate, and I'm happy to report that a book made me laugh out loud - often - for the first time in many years.

This makes sense given how Alan himself comes up with the idea for the book within the book but unfortunately no level of meta meaning can compensate for a weak text. If you're new to Mr Partridge, I recommend you start with his autobiography and then listen to this. Narrated by the man himself and written in his unmistakable tone and style, Alan Partridge: Nomad is filled with all the joie de vivre you'd expect. I listened to the audio-book of this and would definitely recommend it to fans, Steve Coogan does an awesome job as ever. If you like the following you'll like the book; if you don't, or find it in bad taste, this book's not for you.

This is the second of his books, and where I, Partridge took on the celebrity autobiography generally, this one is much more focused on describing Alan's intense, personal journey of discovery as he retraces ‘The Footsteps of My Father’, in the futile hope of possibly getting a TV deal out of it.

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