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  • By: Tom Allen
  • Narrated by: Tom Allen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (454 ratings)

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Too Much

By: Tom Allen
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Summary

Happily settled in a new relationship and with a dream house of his own, comedian Tom Allen had finally moved on from the arrested development of millennial life and could at last call himself an adult.

But when his father died suddenly in late 2021, Tom's newfound independence was rocked by a fresh set of challenges, and he began to find solace in the past (and his new vegetable patch). Told through snapshots from Tom's busy life—whether reflecting on the campness of funeral customs, muddy lockdown walks in unsuitable footwear or just reminiscing on his childhood obsession with Patricia Routledge—Too Much is a hilarious joyride of stories as well as an emotional ode to Tom's beloved dad, and a touching manifesto on how to navigate the complexities of grief.

With moving honesty and wit, Tom writes beautifully about those days, weeks and months following his family's loss, and about how bewildering the practicalities of life can be in the wake of an upheaval—those moments, really, when everything can start to feel a bit too much....

©2022 Tom Allen (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

Critic reviews

"Tom Allen is one of the funniest comedians in the UK, the best-dressed man I know, and now it turns out he is a superb writer." (Josh Widdicombe)

"An extraordinary portrait of a son navigating his way through grief and loss in real time. Funny, candid, and measured." (Graham Norton)

"Hilarious and poignant." (Jo Brand)

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A humorous and loving reflection of grief

I really loved it, I have recently lost my father too. Just what I needed.

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You can never have too much love 🥲

I’m a huge fan already so this review is biased but you can shove it if you don’t like it! 🤣
I didn’t think I could enjoy this audiobook as much as his last, but I did. Now this may be partly due to losing my Mam and having buried her in recent days, or that my Dad has one foot in the grave as I type this, or that I had come to love Tom’s family from his first book & was sad to hear of his lovely Dad’s passing, or the fact that Tom Allen is one of those people who shares his life honestly and in a very endearing way all the while putting a smile on my face. I didn’t think I could manage it being so soon after my bereavement but I couldn’t stop listening. I thank him for the laughs, the tenderness, the love he shared with us in this book. It honestly equipped me to deal with my grief in a profound way. My Mam would have approved and she’d have been laughing along with me listening.

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Hero!

Heart rendering honesty!! Shows a real humanity and love ! I enjoyed every second of the audio.

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Lovely. Interesting stories from Tom again,

Lovely. Interesting stories from Tom again, which any fan will enjoy. But also a charming tribute to his much loved dad, and a bit of exploration of grief, but nothing too deep. Just right. Dad would be proud!

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Brilliant !

Love Tom Allen and yet another amazing book, wish there were more to listen to

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Hilarious but also sad

Tom Allen’s second book. This was so well written. I laughed and some parts even brought a tear to my eye!

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Beautiful, heartfelt and funny

The second book of Tom Allen I have read and not disappointed wish it didn’t have to end. Beautiful heartfelt and funny!
Highly recommend!

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Fantastic listen

This was so honest, funny and sometimes heartbreaking. Made me reflect a lot on my own relationships with my parents. Thanks Tom

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A touching booked laced with the hilarities of normal life

Great book I both laughed out loud and cried. Tom can you come and sort out my veg plot please

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Loved it

Great book, love toms voice its like listening to a friend. Great follow on to his first book would highly recommend. Hilarious and touching.

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  • 24-01-23

A love story

Tom Allen’s love letter to a father who loved his family. Tom writes about how Hill the memory of his father has been found in every action, in every thought. Simply beautiful.

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  • 17-11-22

Bromley for life!

I think Tom writes a bit like David Sedaris, but instead of referencing beautiful homes on the East coast of America, eating lox…Tom’s all about a Bakewell tart in Penge… and because I live in Anerley it’s really much more up my street… literally.

This was such a lovely book, Tom is hilarious, heartfelt and heartbreaking with complex thoughts and feelings vibrating off the page.

The relationship with his Dad is tender and it made me think of my own family and the importance of togetherness and connection whilst we still have the chance.

Overall, it just brought me so much joy.