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Publisher's Summary

Following the fantastic success of his best-selling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle returns with a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time.

Armed with the same personable, candid style found in his first book, Alan Doyle turns his perspective outward from Petty Harbour toward mainland Canada, reflecting on what it was like to venture away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of the island.

Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers "using Bob's belt and a rope found by Paddy's Pond" to pull them back and forth, Alan and his bandmates charted new territory, and he constantly measured what he saw of the vast country against what his forefathers once called the Daemon Canada. In a period punctuated by triumphant leaps forward for the band, deflating steps backward, and everything in between - opening for Barney the Dinosaur at an outdoor music festival, being propositioned at a gas station mail-order bride service in Alberta, drinking moonshine with an elderly churchgoer on a Sunday morning in PEI - Alan's few established notions about Canada were often debunked, and his own identity as a Newfoundlander was constantly challenged. Touring the country, he also discovered how others view Newfoundlanders and how skewed these images can sometimes be. Asked to play in front of the queen at a massive Canada Day festival on Parliament Hill, the concert organizers assured Alan and his bandmates that the best way to showcase Newfoundland culture was for them to be towed onto stage in a dory and introduced not as Newfoundlanders but as "Newfies". The boys were not amused.

Heartfelt, funny, and always insightful, these stories tap in to the complexities of community and Canadianness, forming the portrait of a young man from a tiny fishing village trying to define and hold on to his sense of home while navigating a vast and diverse and wonder-filled country.

©2017 Alan Doyle (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

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beautiful

Thank you, Alan Doyle. Your kind words about the people and places of Canada make me proud to call it home. I am very glad you do too.

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Loved it !

A story for every Canadian. Especially if you have ties to good ol Newfoundland. So much fun !

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Enjoyable the whole way through!

Mr. Doyle is a gifted storyteller and a treat to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed his anecdotes about his Canadian adventures and the insights he had regarding provincial relationships and Canadian identity. Just as good as his first book, but with a different focus.

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Such a fun listen

Ironically enough we listened to this while driving to Luckenbach,TX (Always going somewhere). As a fellow Newfoundlander I was hooked within the first 5 minutes. Not only does the book pay respect to the road to success, but it stayed true to that old school Newfoundland story telling style. Will definitely listen again. Cheers!

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Alan Doyle is the best!

I really enjoyed this story from Alan Doyle. It was like being there with him. Excellent story teller lots of fun bye! #audible1

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Alan Doyle is a fabulous storyteller

I listen to audiobooks on the regular and I was excited that Alan Doyle’s first book, Where I Belong, was available in that format. In 2014, when it came out, not a lot of Canadian publishers had yet hopped on the audiobook bandwagon. The topic of audiobooks is important here for a few reasons. To start, Doyle writes his books in a conversational tone. This isn’t to say they wouldn’t make great books to read as well, but they work fantastically in audio. What’s more, Doyle narrates himself. I often shy away from audiobooks read by the author, as not everyone has what it takes to narrate. Doyle, thankfully, is an anomaly in this regard. These factors combine to create something magical, like you have Alan Doyle sitting right there in the passenger seat, as you drive along listening intently.

Where I Belong tells the story of Doyle’s childhood and young adult years, right up to the formation of Great Big Sea. His second book picks up right where the first left off. It’s the story of Great Big Sea from the early years touring Newfoundland to bigger and better gigs right across Canada. It’s clever how he intersperses his tales from across the country with tidbits from around the island. Alan Doyle is a wonderful ambassador of Newfoundland to the rest of the country and beyond. His books truly are a delight. #Audible1

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Loved it!!

Just listened to both of Alan’s books driving across the prairies and the drive was made much shorter because of his awesome view of life! Thank you!

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Exactly what you're expecting

A super entertaining, well written and well read story. Laugh out loud funny as well as thoughtful and intelligent. Alan Doyle's voice is clear and confident and I even learned a few things about this vast country of ours.

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Refreshing eh ‘by?

No better way to ‘read’ a book from a down-homer then with the voice and accent of one too... and Alan Doyle, nonetheless!

This was an amazing book with tales of one of my favourite bands from down home!

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Like having a coffee in Petty Harbor

This book is great, it really gives you an insight to the workings and pressure of the Canadian music scene. What makes this book Phenomenal is listening to Alan Doyle narrate it. So deep down and honest.
You will laugh, cry and sigh!

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  • Deedra
  • 2017-12-28

A Newfoundlander

Alan Doyle is always entertaining.He tells the stories of the early days of Great Big Sea in this new book.It's great!

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  • G. R. Boelsems
  • 2018-08-18

Great listen from a great story teller

Really enjoyed listening to Alan Doyle tell his story. I Look forward to the next one.

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  • 2018-05-21

Does Newfoundland proud

Made me proud to be a Newfoundlander. Alan writes as well as he sings.
Looking forward to his second book, which I'm starting now.

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  • pagesix
  • 2018-03-19

Doyle's story-telling skills are remarkable

Any additional comments?

This is as wonderful to listen to--in Doyle's wonderful, rambling voice--as his first book, Boy on the Bridge. Those who read the book rather than choose the audible version, are missing fully half the charm, humor and mischief. It's especially true when he breaks into song, accent or impression. Easily one of my top three audiobooks, after 120 monthly audible deliveries.
I can only hope he's working on a third. Perhaps a down East mystery caper?

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  • Raymond K Czap
  • 2018-01-31

Felt like i was on tour with the boys in the band

Alan Doyle is real.. humorous...geographically insightful since ive never been to the Canadian Maritime Provinces

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  • 2017-12-31

One of the best 10 books I read in 2017! Wicked.

As an Australian I wasn't familiar with Doyle's music, I stumbled onto the author via a random and then fanatical viewing of "Republic of Doyle". I dug into the incredibly talented cast including supporting actors (which included Doyle) and I'm happy I did.

The book is touching yet funny, deep yet maintains its momentum - one of the best 10 books I read in 2018. And the audio book had me speaking like a Newfoundlander for weeks in my own head.

For months at work I'd find myself laughing about stories from "A Newfoundlander in Canada" and saying 'yes b'y, 'wicked', 'deadly', 'whatta yat?' and 'best kind' ... I felt like I was let into a very special (and funny) Club, and my host was sir Alan Doyle.

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  • Grantly
  • 2017-12-27

Fantastic

A fantastic listen from beginning to end. Add it to your collection and you will not be disappointed!

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  • M. Gobet
  • 2017-11-18

never better

wicked, touching, and simply honest. Alan makes you want to explore Canada. But at the same time know that home is always the best. thank you for sharing your story, Alan, please write more.

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