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"I, Partridge: We Need to Talk about Alan"

by Louisa Klein
- Spoof autobiography "I, Partridge: We Need to Talk about Alan" tops a poll of
more than 100 respected authors -
Forget literary classics like Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies and War and
Peace. According to a leading selection of writers, the book they most enjoyed
in 2012 was. I, Partridge: We Need to Talk about Alan.
The Norfolk DJ's fictional memoir was said to "perfectly satirise the celebrity
autobiography", a survey of more than 100 top authors found.
Steve Coogan's parody was said to be "liberally sprinkled with choice anecdotes"
and is a "refreshing antidote to the tendency for comedians' books to veer into
misery memoir territory".
I, Partridge - We Need to Talk about Alan, beat 110 fiction and non-fiction
titles - including Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit and Frederick Forsyth's
The Day of the Jackal - to the top spot.
The poll was conducted by the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency as part of a
nationwide study into the personal reading habits of the country's biggest
-selling writers.
The respected author and agent David Haviland, who took part in the survey,
said: "Alan Partridge's memoir is the funniest book I've read in years and is a
refreshing antidote to the tendency for comedians' books to veer into misery
memoir territory.
 "So many passages made me laugh out loud, for example: "So, dear reader, our
time together is over. All that remains is this short epilogue. And anyone who
thinks it's designed solely to haul me over the minimum word-count specified by
my publisher is very, very, very, very, very, very wrong."
The study, conducted last month, asked more than 100 of Britain's leading
authors to name the book they most enjoyed reading in 2012. Respondents named 67
non-fiction titles, and 42 novels, and one poetry collection.
Many named classic texts such as Nancy Mitford's Don't Tell Alfred , Rose
Macaulay's The Towers of Trebizond, and John Buchan's Greenmantle, but less well
-known titles such as Victor Serge's Conquered City (1931) and Jan Karski's
Story of a Secret State (1944) made the list too.
Classics from JD Salinger, William Golding and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - in
addition to more modern authors like Paolo Coelho - also featured in the survey.
But it was the Alan Partridge memoir 'I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan',
which stole the most votes. The spoof autobiography tells the story of would-be
king of chat, Alan Partridge, who presents a radio show on niche station North
Norfolk Digital.
For further information please feel free to contact Anthony Harvison -
Palamedes  - 0207 1383067 -
anthony.harvison@palamedes.co.uk (wes.hosie@palamedespr.com)

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