Saturday 10 December 2016

New Alan Partridge book - with essays, diary entries, and business ideas - in the works

Published 17/04/2015 | 14:26

Comedian Steve Coogan, as his alter-ego Alan Partridge, attends the world premiere of his new film Alpha Papa at the Hollywood Cimema in Anglia Square, Norwich
Comedian Steve Coogan, as his alter-ego Alan Partridge, attends the world premiere of his new film Alpha Papa at the Hollywood Cimema in Anglia Square, Norwich

Alan Partridge fans rejoice - a new book is in the works.

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The follow up to 2011's I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan is due to be released in October 2016 according to the Radio Times, and is said to be "a collection of essays, diary entries, open letters, think pieces, programme and business ideas".

It will be written again by Alan himself (with a little help from Alan Partridge screenwriters Rob and Neil Gibbons, and Steve Coogan who plays him), and an audio version will be read by Steve in character.

The autobiographical sequel promises to lift the lid on Alan's thoughts about climate change, bad driving and his 15-year legal wrangle with Allan Partridge Plastics Ltd, as well as revealing just what led to a fall out with his former rock climbing partner Eamonn Holmes.

Alan said: "What does it take to be a professional book writer? Firstly, a good idea. Easy, got loads of them. Secondly, a writing style that's visceral yet populist.

"I'd put myself somewhere between Gore Vidal and a children's author.

"Thirdly, a good vocabulary. I used the word visceral just now. And fourthly, time. You have to be able to sit down and write the damn thing!

"Fortuitously, a liquidated business venture means I now have an eight-week block of spare time at the back end of 2015. I plan to devote around five of those to writing this book.

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