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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.

(P) 2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd


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. I hate him.
Josh Widdicombe
Wonderfully funny, utterly charming and sharp as all Hell. Just like the man himself.
Sarah Millican
This hilarious and touching autobiography is like a turbo charged episode of Terry and June. (Google it young people) . . . a delightful, touching side-splitter.
Jo Brand
An absolute joy! Funny, witty and totally charming. You'll love him even more after reading this.
Alan Carr
Tom's rich and unique comic voice bounces off the page beautifully
Matt Lucas
This book is brilliant, funny and thoughtful just like Tom. I loved it!
Suzi Ruffell
It's very funny but it is also heart-breaking and very sweet. It's everything you want in a book
The Graham Norton Show, Virgin Radio UK
This book is in turns extremely funny and achingly sad
Very funny as you would expect, but also quite sad sometimes...this is all about making all of us feel a bit less weird
Lorraine, ITV
A great read and very funny
Good Morning Britain
It's a delight. It's funny and sweet and charming
The Jonathan Ross Show, ITV
I inhaled it, I absolutely loved it
Claudia Winkleman, BBC Radio 2
Tom recounts the peaks and lows adolescence... all suffused with his trademark caustic observational wit
Radio Times