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Too much


With his trademark wit and insight, Tom Allen takes a funny and moving look at how he’s been thrown into adulthood, as he finally leaves the family home and starts a relationship with a new boyfriend. He shares his unwillingness to move on from the arrested development of millennial life. But ultimately, he has to grow up fast in the wake of the unexpected death of his father in late 2021. The book becomes an emotional ode to his beloved dad and how you learn to navigate grief. Tom writes beautifully about those days, weeks and months following his family’s bereavement, and how bewildering the minutiae and practicalities of life can be when you’re harbouring a loss, and life can all feel all too much.

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‘An extraordinary portrait of a son navigating his way through grief and loss in real time. Funny, candid, and measured’ GRAHAM NORTON

Happily settled in a new relationship and with a dream house of his own, Tom Allen could finally call himself an adult. But when his beloved dad died suddenly, Tom’s life was rocked by a fresh set of challenges, and he started to find comfort in his friends, his past and his newly dug vegetable patch.

With his hallmark honesty and wit, Tom writes beautifully about those days, weeks and months following 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 . . .

‘Hilarious and poignant’ JO BRAND
‘Heartfelt, vulnerable and touchingly sincere’ GUARDIAN
‘Life-affirming’ ATTITUDE

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Weight 0.18 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.6 × 2 cm










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