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Alan Partridge has had more incarnations than Barbie

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

Big Beacon: A Lighthouse Rebuilt, A Broadcaster Reborn Alan Partridge, with Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Steve Coogan

Seven Dials, pp.320, 25

Alan Partridge is back, and this time he’s restoring a lighthouse. The third volume of the Norfolk microstar’s faux autobiography is a meticulous parody of the celebrity-in-search-of-a-televisable gimmick genre, blending fan-friendly, behind-the-scenes tales of his more recent public adventures (This Time, Scissored Isle, From the Oasthouse) with a classic midlife lurch for purpose, part Griff Rhys-Jones rescuing threatened buildings, part Clarkson’s Farm.

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