Sunday Book Club – No Shame, Tom Allen

Every Sunday we are taking a look at the world of books. I read a lot and always want to share my opinions on what I read, so I thought it would be fun to write reviews. Today we are going to look at the autobiography of comedian Tom Allen

No Shame (2021)

Tom Allen


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.

– from Waterstones

Positive Points

This was a really great read with a lot of emotion attached to every word, it gives you a really strong insight into Tom’s life growing up and the internal demons he was constantly facing. It is a really thorough look at the emotions that Tom went through trying to come out and it really engages you as a book. There are also amusing stories about trips to America and the swimming pool and the journey in becoming a stand up comedian.

Negative Points

The only negative I would say is that the chapter about the adventures in television is pretty short and feel it needs to be a lot longer so that you can learn more about that.

Overall Review

This book has a lot of emotion to it and I would say if you are looking for an autobiography that is not afraid to explore these feelings then this is a book for you. I found it a very good read and learnt a lot in the process.

Rating : **** 4 Stars


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