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The late '80s and early '90s saw Coogan developing characters he could perform on the comedy circuit, from Ernest Moss to Paul Calf, and in 1992 he won a Perrier award with John Thomson. It was around the same time, while working with Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber on On the Hour and The Day Today, that Alan Partridge emerged almost fully formed.
Coogan, once a tabloid fixture, is now a respected film actor, writer and producer. He runs his own production company, Baby Cow, and has a raft of films to his name (from 24 Hour Party People to Alpha Papa, the critically acclaimed Partridge film), six Baftas and seven Comedy Awards. He has found huge success in recent years with both The Trip and Philomena, the latter bringing him two Oscar nominations for producing and cowriting.
In Easily Distracted he lifts the lid on the real Steve Coogan, writing with distinctive humour and an unexpected candour about a noisy childhood surrounded by foster kids, his attention-seeking teenage years and his emergence as a household name with the birth of Alan Partridge.
Narrated by Steve Coogan himself.
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By Mr Duncan J Burden on 12-15-15
Self conscious autobiography.
Just before the release I went to see Coogan and Ianucci at a Guardian live event - a thoroughly enjoyable evening and one which boosted my expectations for the biography.
To be frank, the thing reads (or listens) like a string of reviews that Coogan wishes he'd received for his life's works. When he's not talking up his own book, he painstakingly tries to justify his Champagne socialist attitude to life with tenuous references to his childhood. And I really do mean tenuous. I'm a huge fan of just about anything Coogan has appeared in, but this just reeks of 'stocking filler'.
The narration sounds rushed and emotionless at points where he speaks of moments in his life where he cannot paint himself as a saint. But where he is pandering to himself, he takes his time and my word do those passages drag on.
30 of 33 people found this review helpful
By Jamil Husain on 12-04-15
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Big fan of Coogan, not sure why he felt he had to write this; first half is about about his reputation and recent press privacy issues, second half is his uneventful childhood which is narrated in an Alan Partridge way.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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By Sam B on 07-14-18
I'm a big fan of Partridge and The Trip but knew little about Steve Coogan. This is not as funny as Partridge and not as insightful or as well crafted as many other memoirs (Robert Webb's 'How Not to be a Boy' is a recent standout) but he's an undoubtedly talented bloke and it was interesting to hear about his early career. His impersonations are also an excellent addition to the audio book. Worth listening to but don't expect anything particularly relevatory.
By Shadow on 07-09-18
Most enjoyable, particularly to the generation that remember sitting down as a family to watch the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special