HarperCollins has acquired a memoir by comedian Steve Coogan of his most famous character, Alan Partridge. The title has moved publishers even before publication, having previously been listed on Nielsen BookData as being published by Century.
The title will also be written by "The Thick of It" creator Armando Iannucci, and comedy writers Rob Gibbons and Neil Gibbons.
The book, I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan, will be published on 13th October 2011, and will coincide with the first TV transmission of Partridge series "Mid Morning Matters". In 2012, Partridge will also appear in a feature-length film.
The book will look at the fictional Norwich resident's life, including his less than stellar career as a DJ at Radio Norwich and his home life at the Linton Travel Tavern.
Editorial director for Harper non-fiction Anna Valentine bought world rights from Paul Stevens at Independent Talent Management.
Valentine billed it as a "refreshing antidote to the inevitable raft of showbiz memoirs coming this autumn" and said: "This is a real coup for HarperCollins . . . The book promises to be everything that Alan Partridge fans have been waiting for, offering Alan's utterly hilarious outlook on his life and career so far."