Tom Allen writes a second memoir

ExclusiveMonday 23rd May 2022, 3:14pm by Jay Richardson

  • Tom Allen is writing another memoir, Too Much, reflecting on finding love and the death of his father
  • The comic's 2020 debut, No Shame, became a Sunday Times bestseller
  • Allen will also share stories from his travels in Japan and America in the new volume
Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains. Tom Allen. Copyright: Rumpus Media

Tom Allen is writing a follow-up to his bestselling autobiography, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.

The comedian published No Shame in 2020 about growing up in 1990s suburbia, coming to terms with his sexuality and feeling like an outsider.

His latest memoir, currently set to be published on November 10th, is entitled Too Much. "It's been really interesting to write" Allen disclosed on Like Minded Friends, the podcast he hosts with fellow comic Suzi Ruffell.

"Although it's quite difficult to write when the last one I did was during the lockdown" he admitted. "It's not the lockdown now, there are lots more distractions."

Once again published by Hachette imprint Hodder Studio, Too Much will see the former Bake Off: The Professionals host reflect on becoming a reluctant adult, after finally leaving home in his thirties, finding a boyfriend and facing up to the grief of losing his beloved father.

Allen promises to elaborate on his unwillingness to move on from the arrested development of millennial life, his riotous travels in Japan and to introduce new friends from his time in America.

Hodder Studio have published several comedians books since it was established in 2020, including memoirs from Harry Hill, Rachel Parris, Phil Wang and Ellie Taylor, a prayer book from Frank Skinner and script collections and a companion book for Inside No. 9.

Allen is one of the acts appearing in Backstage With Katherine Ryan, the stand-up showcase that also films comics chatting in their dressing rooms, airing on Amazon Prime on June 9th. And he recently hosted Dave's dream desert island panel show The Island.

Tom Allen - No Shame

"When I was 16 I dressed in Victorian clothing in a bid to distract people from the fact that I was gay. It was a flawed plan."

No Shame is a very funny, candid and emotional ride of a memoir by one of our most beloved comedians. The working-class son of a coach driver, and the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society, Tom Allen grew up in 90s suburbia as the eternal outsider.

In these hilarious, honest and heart breaking stories Tom recalls observations on childhood, his adolescence, the family he still lives with, and his attempts to come out and negotiate the gay dating scene. They are written with his trademark caustic wit and warmth, and will entertain, surprise and move you in equal measure.

First published: Thursday 12th November 2020

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Tom Allen - Too Much

With trademark wit and insight, Tom Allen writes about becoming a reluctant adult - leaving home, securing a boyfriend, and finally growing up by facing the grief of losing his beloved father. He shares his unwillingness to move on from the arrested development of millennial life, we join him on riotous travels in Japan, and meet his new friends when he returns to America.

First published: Thursday 10th November 2022

    Not in the UK?

    Fear not! Many items can still be ordered. Amazon in the UK delivers to many international territories, whilst their Australia, USA and Canada stores also supply many equivalent or imported items.

    If you are in the North America, look out for US/Canadian flag icons on popular product listings for direct links.

    If you order from a UK store, please note that the UK is in Region 2 and B, respectively, for DVDs and Blu-rays - check your player's compatibility, or look for multi-region products if you are located in another region.

    If you are in Australia or New Zealand (DVD Region 4), note that almost all DVDs distributed in the UK by the BBC and 2entertain are encoded for both Region 2 and Region 4. The UK and Australasia are in the same Blu-ray region (B).

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