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.
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.
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- Simon A Newman
Coogan/ Patridge is one of the premier wordsmiths.
The mental dexterity of Coogan is amazing - he can find a comic twist or interpretation on the most innocent comment. Lots of very clever and subtle gags throughout.
Its a great listen if you take it in sections - it unfolds across a journey on foot, so it feels a little like an 'epic' - a wandering anti-hero talking you through memories and observations as he goes. This is where Coogan is best - forget heavily plotted pieces, just sit him down and get him talking and he will come up with gold every time.
This question does my head in. Suffice to say, Partridge/ Coogan/ etc is a hilarious and nuanced character.
My legs are the heroes of walking.
If you are a fan of Alan Partridge, this is hours of his best work and worth a listen. Coogan is criminally underrated as a truly remarkable wordsmith.
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