In ALAN PARTRIDGE: NOMAD, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance.
Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes - not a man (because he was one to start off with) - but a better, more inspiring example of a man.
This deeply personal book is divided into chapters and has a colour photograph on the front cover. It is deeply personal. Through witty vignettes, heavy essays and nod-inducing pieces of wisdom, Alan shines a light on the nooks of the nation and the crannies of himself, making this a biography that biographs the biographer while also biographing bits of Britain.
(p) 2016 Orion Publishing Group
The spark is missing
Alan Partridge is a creation of pure comic genius because every word and action is flawlessly awkward and yet hilarious.
This isn't. It feels like S.C has tried too hard when in times past Alan seemed to come to him naturally.
There's a subtlety to Alan that is narcissistic and utterly brilliant. He is so unbelievably full of himself he can not comprehend another's point of view. That's perfect ignorance is lacking here and so I think there's a spark that's lost.
Don't get me wrong, it's still very funny and considerably better than many audiobooks but not up to the perfect AP stand for me.
Put quite simply: ruddy heck it’s a cracking read (I should say cranking listen as I have the audiobook version). Footnote: I would usually prefer to avoid ‘listening’ to books; as at one time I would become enraged, or even spit at the idea that the illiterate could illiterally (my word) steal knowledge without putting in any basic effort; but since receiving an audiobook copy of My Story by Dale Winton, from Dale Winton at the Wroxham Beer festival in 2007, I were or was inspired to actively put my Misophonia aside. Thanks Wints.