Too Much by Tom Allen
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…
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
Publication Date: 10 November 2022