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National Best Seller

One of Newfoundland's funniest and most beloved storytellers offers his cure for the Covid blues.

Is there a more sociable province than Newfoundland and Labrador? Or anywhere in Canada with a greater reputation for coming to the rescue of those in need? 

At this time of Covid, singer, songwriter and best-selling author Alan Doyle is feeling everyone's pain. Off the road and spending more days at home than he has since he was a child hawking cod tongues on the wharfs of Petty Harbour, he misses the crowds and companionship of performing across the country and beyond. But most of all he misses the cheery clamour of pubs in his hometown, where one yarn follows another so quickly "you have to be as ready as an Olympian at the start line to get your tale in before someone is well into theirs already". We're all experiencing our own version of that deprivation, and Alan, one of Newfoundland's finest storytellers, wants to offer a little balm. 

All Together Now is a gathering in book form - a virtual Newfoundland pub. There are adventures in foreign lands, including an apparently filthy singalong in Polish (well, he would have sung along if he'd understood the language), a real-life ghost story involving an elderly neighbour, a red convertible and a clown horn, a potted history of his social drinking, and heartwarming reminiscences from another past world, childhood - all designed to put a smile on the faces of the isolated-addled. 

Alan Doyle has never been in better form - nor more welcome. As he says about this troubling time: "We get through it. We do what has to be done. Then, we celebrate. With the best of them".

©2020 Alan Doyle (P)2020 Doubleday Canada

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Perfect lockdown listening

I feel completely blessed to have heard these stories. Felt like listening to a friend at the pub. I really needed it.

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Brilliant! There’s something about the east coast folks, so genuine and kind hearted. Enjoyed very much.

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Wonderfully entertaining!

Loved listening to the tales of Alan’s life as a child in Petty Arbour as well as stories while touring on the road. Lovely way to pass the time and feel more connected during a time that is anything but. Alan is truly a great storyteller and I couldn’t help but LOL a few times while listening. Cheers!

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Just What We Needed In 2020

No one on earth can tell a story quite like a Newfoundlander, and this book shows that once again. One of Canada's best sits down and pulls you mentally into a pub, and starts telling stories of his life.

You might not safely find this warm experience thanks to the pandemic, but you'll find it in this book. You'll laugh, take away a few lessons, and just have a grand ol' time.

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Great Storytelling

Was an awesome book. And great to hear Alan’s voice tell the stories. Well done. Cheers

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GBS is an awesome music group but this book is not entertaining. I would rather pay to hear Alan Doyle entertain on stage.

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A night out with a friend when you can’t have a night out

Listening to this really felt like a night out to a pub with an old friend, despite the fact that we do not actually know each other and all the pubs are closed at the moment (rip my social life). As a Canadian it was a real pleasure to hear the stories of one of our very own who made it onto the world stage but was still able to keep it real. Alan Doyle really got the “blend right” as he put it in this book. A blend of growing up in Canada and the pizazz of the rock and roll life. I surely hope that Mr. Doyle continues to dazzle the world stage with his humility and showmen-ship.

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Storytelling at its finest

I loved the dialect and laughed at the stories. I loved the genuinity and straightforwardness as well as the imagery. Way to go Alan, I'm glad I spent this past few hours with you. Well done.

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One more round!

In the midst of all that is a far cry from normal, the stories told bring a smile at every turn, laughter out loud and leads you on an adventure you hope will not end. Thanks for this one.

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Get lost in the voice behind the stories !!

I so enjoyed the stories narration by Allan Doyle about Allan Doyle. In these times of uncertainty and loneliness his stories and voice are funny , heart warming and calming. I believe I will listen to it again when I need a boost. Well done ! And thank you !
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  • sart29
  • 2021-03-25

Some books just NEED to be heard

Alan Doyle is a master story teller, and listening to him recount these tales is a wonderful experience. It’s the first audio book I’ve ever finished thinking “I can’t wait to listen again!”

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  • AStamp
  • 2021-02-21

Thoroughly entertaining!

I loved this book and the Audible version was even better to hear him tell the stories. The perfect thing to pick you up in these crazy times!

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  • 2021-02-21

Truly Intimate and Spectacular

it was like sitting next to Alan and having a conversation. cool getting to know him!

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  • Robin Casey
  • 2020-12-27

Like catching up with an old friend, but funnier

I wish it were longer!

I read this via audiobook, read by Alan.

The thing I love about Alan Doyle is how earnest he is in his own failings, successes, fanboy-ish nature, delights, woes, and just in general as a human being. It's in his music, and in his storytelling. There's no deception in it. I mean, obviously, it's cleaned up about the edges and worded nicely for a good story.. but if you've ever seen him perform live, you can hear some of his facial expressions as he reads this.

You could say he's like an "open book", and you wouldn't be wrong.

I especially loved the bit about how he met Russell Crowe and ended up on the set of Robin Hood - The Frenchman and The Bird was also both typical and hilarious. Absolutely wonderful.

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  • M. Gobet
  • 2020-11-30

what are you at

wonderful way to feel like Alan is sitting on the otherside of the kitchen table telling you the stories of a troubadour.
i am so glad Alan narrated his own book. leaves me smiling, as I'm sure he meant to.

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  • Josh Liston
  • 2020-11-28

Alan Doyle does it again. Another masterpiece.

My favourite Doyle book thus far. The stories are great, and the performance (by the author) is even greater.

The story involving Russell Crowe and Robin Hood is worth the price of admission alone.

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  • Deedra
  • 2020-11-27

All Together Now

WIcked good stories written by the author,Alan Doyle,narrated by none other than himself,Alan Doyle.Alan makes you want to be a Newfoundlander.His stories could be ours and should be shared.Give her a go!