The 65-year-old said that the autobiography has taken him the best part of five or six years, but the story is already winning fans around the world.
“It’s not until now that I’ve physically had time to write this,” he explained. “When you’re working 60 hours a week then you come home and end up just falling asleep.”
The book begins in the back-to-back streets of the 1940s, where Alan was brought up.
“There were something like 10,000 people living in the centre of Birmingham back then, I had armies of aunts and uncles in walking distance.
“Of course they’re moving back towards that, with developments at canalside and quayside, but rather than poor people it’s now properties worth three quarters of a million.
“People can sometimes look back with rose-tinted glasses. Lots of things about that time were fantastic, but it could be tough as well.
“Then, as now, you got gangs roaming around the streets, so you had to be careful.”
Later Alan moved out to Tyseley: “It was an industrial area of course, but by comparison it was paradise.”
The book also charts his later career, including his time as a doorman and serving in the Army - including several years in Colombia.
“That could be hairy at times, it was known at one point as the kidnap capital of the world. People assumed if you were European you were rich - even if you were just a working class kid - so you had to be careful!
“Overall I’ve tried to get both the comedy and tragedy across, because that’s what all our lives are like really.”
The book, “A fight is not about who is right. It’s about who is left”, is available now from Amazon.com.