Nomad should have won a Booker Prize
Even after all these years, Alan Partridge is a comedy gift that keeps on giving. Especially, if you listen to the audio book. Its as though Alan is in the room with you. Or perhaps you're listening to Mid Morning Matters? Either way, you'll get six-hours listening to the inner monologue of a petty, immature and deluded man. A man who always tries to ‘get the last laugh’. A man who has a glorious lack of self-awareness.
In Nomad we see Alan deciding to set off on a mission to follow in his father’s footsteps. Its a similar spiritual and metaphorical journey to that of George Orwell in the "Road to Wigan Pier". Sort of. Actually, Alan sees yet another opportunity to get on TV with his ‘journey’. Its also slightly ironic that it takes Alan well over 100 pages to even mention his Dad! Starting at his childhood home in Norwich he'll trek to Dungeness nuclear power station. This is where is father once had a job interview. On the way Alan gives us his opinion on any number of things. For example, celebrities: Noel Edmonds, Gyles Brandreth, Nick Knowles, for instance. Alan has unflattering comments about them all.
Coogan and co-writers Rob and Neil Gibbons really hit the mark with Nomad. Terrible adjectives and ridiculous metaphors. Clumsy use of grammar Awkward sentence formation. Overblown vocabulary. Its all here. And its all hilarious.
A worthy sequel to the excellent 'I, Partridge' and a ruddy stonking read. What's next? Well, I'd encourage Alan to publish those books he's mentioned in passing. "Yachting Mishaps" or even better: 'Bouncing Back'.
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