“I loved it. Finished it in a week!”
This is the first Dominic Holland book I’ve read and I loved it. Finished it in a week – which is quick for me as I’m usually a one book a month person. The parallels between Dominic trying (and not really succeeding) in the film world and then his son totally and utterly succeeding in the same world a few years later definetly makes a great story. It probably wouldn’t even be believable if it wasn’t actually true!!!! My favourite parts of the book were the funny and awkward situations Dominic finds himself in. I can definetly see the stand up comic in him – some of the situations really had me giggling along and I could picture him putting them in a comedy routine. It’s also a very honest book, with Dominic able to talk openly about what he sees as his own frailties. My best recommendation is that I went straight from finishing ‘Eclipsed’ to downloading (for free!!) ‘Only In America’. The writing of this is referenced quite a bit in ‘Eclipsed’. The way Dominic talks about the film world really made me want to read his fictionalised version of a hopeful Brit trying to sell a screenplay. I can’t wait to get started on ‘Only in America’.
“I absolutely loved the book”
I absolutely loved the book and was very enjoyable ! I also very much appreciated the personalised message inside.
MR J MILLWARD
“A funny and genuine good read”
I found this book up-lifting. I’d like to think I have the same sense if humour as the author as in parts I laughed loudly on the train. Go read it you may laugh to.
“I was captivated by the story”
I was captivated by the story from the moment I picked it up! A fantasy novel that let’s you get lost in Milly’s world and feel her ups and downs from start to finish. A nail biter at times, but I’m glad she got the ending she deserved! I wish for a sequel to keep her story going
“I genuinely liked Dominic’s writing style as it kept the pace moving along.”
Nice set ups, even though some are predictable, and overall a lovely read. The characters are only sketched but that’s all they need to be for the best comic effect. Any attempt at depth would have ruined the timing. This is fun, not literary genius. I genuinely liked Dominic’s writing style as it kept the pace moving along. I do have to admit that I ordered a free Kindle copy but I think it would have been worth the purchase price and is a fine opener for reading some more of Mr Holland’s comic writing.
“Brilliantly written, well paced, full of subtle reflections on life and many laugh out loud moments”
A truly wonderful book about the trials and tribulations of a man standing at the top of the comedy roller-coaster and his subsequent ride down to the revolving tea cup and saucers, as he strives to rise again. Great story, peppered with genuinely funny and well paced anecdotes, I grinned throughout and laughed out loud many times.
Beautifully interlaced with stories supporting the family he clearly loves, as his eldest son, Tom Holland, grows to become one of today’s hottest Hollywood stars. What sets this book apart from most ‘stand up’ penned books is that Dominic Holland is an excellent writer. Full of interesting insights in to life, the life of a comedian and the craziness of the movie industry, i read the book in one marathon session.
This is a really heart warming easy to read tale of a family experiencing what it is really like to hope, endeavour, work incredibly hard and ultimately succeed in the movies.
And I just love his Optimism ! He is knocked back again and again but he just keeps on keeping on. I guess as a Perrier Comedy Award winner he knows he has it in him to be a major success. In fact I’m sure Dominic Holland truly believes in his heart that Eclipse Two will be written by Tom Holland in a few years time when his Dad wins a Best Screenplay Oscar… I wouldn’t put it past him.
” Loved reading this!”
Loved reading this! Lots of laughs and full of love and respect for his family.
“Perfect holiday reading”
Hi bought this wonderful novel to read whilst on holiday – I’m due to go away in a week’s time. I thought I’d have a quick read of the intro, and ended up finishing the whole book the next day! I just couldn’t put it down. It’s a story that really captures today’s society, our zeitgeist. It’s a funny time where people on both “sides” are seemingly trying to do what they think is right, but that seems to be diametrically opposed to the other side. This book shows that in reality there is no “other side”. It’s full of pathos, and humour as you’d expect from a leading comedian, and is a true picture of our lives today. It really hits the spot and moves at a good pace – I never found myself thinking about something else, which is really unusual for me. Basically, it’s a bloody good read and great entertainment from an author who really knows his craft. Highly recommended!
“This book is crying out to be a movie!”
This book is crying out to be a movie! I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Great characters and plot twists that all come together for a really fun, uplifting story. I highly recommend giving it a read!
“A wonderful blend of characters and an intriguing set of events “
You know those books that are just a joy to read? That if you are having a stressful day will inevitably put a smile on your face? Well I must congratulate Mr. Holland on writing one of these books with his story “The Ripple Effect.”
This book featured a wonderful blend of characters and an intriguing set of events that kept you guessing right until the end. It was enjoyable to read a story that had characters that seemed so realistic, that they could really exist in our world. The scheming politician, the jilted ex-girlfriend, the star athlete in need of anger management, and the dreamer who will never stop believing in miracles. With characters like these it is easy to really dive into the story and to even wonder if this situation could really happen somewhere in our crazy world.
Even with all of this realism embedded throughout the book Mr. Holland still successfully transported the reader to another place where a very small action can lead to a very large series of events. This series of events caused catastrophic, tumultuous, and hilarious events to happen between the various characters, which Mr. Holland knitted together seamlessly.
In short terms, “The Ripple Effect” is a wonderful story, a delightful read, and I would recommend it to anyone that loves seeing the little guy make it big. Congratulations to Mr. Holland on another incredible work.
Also, as a side note, the fact that the main character’s son is named Tom is just the sweetest thing. It is always wonderful to see an author bring in his real-life family and inspirations into a story.
“A Chance Worth Taking”
I loved this book. I finished it in one sitting and it, along with Holland’s other books, were miracles after my months long reading block. I’ve loved all of Holland’s books which I also finished in one sitting and this, like his others, is easy to become emersed in. The character of Gabriel was alive to me in a way I struggle to find in even best selling books, and the stark honesty shown in this character is welcomly refreshing.
It was something new, and the type of book I don’t normally find myself picking up, but after Holland’s track record – with Open Links being one of my favourite books – I decided to take a chance.
I definitely don’t regret this decision.
Mrs. F Allpress
“Kept me guessing”
I really enjoyed this and chuckled all the way through . Loved how Dom writes about everyday life observances and how he has skillfully navigated many taboo subjects.
I sped through it in a few days as I was so curious to see what would happen at the end and believe me I didn’t see that ending coming .
Can thoroughly recommend also Only in America and Eclipsed – planning to read the Ripple Effect and Open Links as I really like his style of writing
” It reads like a charm, Mr. Holland is a great storyteller”
I’ve put off this review long enough now. Today is the day. Last August, I was introduced to a new author. And the irony is that…if it wasn’t for his “famous son” I probably never would have heard of Dominic Holland. So, many thanks TH. Back to the review…A sunny August afternoon, Eclipsed in hand…here we go…First off, it reads like a charm, Mr. Holland’s is a great storyteller and you get immersed in the book so quickly that you can’t put it down. (that goes for all of his books actually) From laughter to tears at time, from deep reflexions to spontaneous giggles this real life story has it all and then some. It’s honest and pure. A window (that so “cliche” I know) into a surreal humain story filled with life lessons…The best one being..and I quote.. “Because life is a series of struggles and our success is a factor of how we cope with them…” I tell you, take the time, read this book…and the others also.
“A testament to his talent of storytelling”
Having purchased this book from following Dominic’s blog, I absolutely love it! His perspective as a father is heartfelt, contributing to how personal and refreshingly honest Eclipsed is.
Reading about the work he has done over the years is fascinating – his resilience and enthusiasm for it is something to be admired. As someone who managed to stumble across Billy Elliot and The Impossible on TV, hearing the behind the scenes has also been a joy to read.
Written with great humour, honesty and immense pride for his family, this is a wonderful book and a testament to his talent of storytelling. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future and continuing to follow his blog.
“It was a great read, I couldn’t put it down.”
Bought the digital copy and loved the book so much I ended up buying the paperback version as well. I can’t relate in any way to the success of Dom’s offspring but can truly relate to Dom’s successes and disappointments in life. There is a kinship in knowing we all struggle in our endeavours, I think we have all been eclipsed at least once, if not many times in our lives. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering his son’s journey to the top, it felt like he was destined to best his father but then who better to be eclipsed by then your own son? You could say Dom’s greatest success IS being eclipsed by his son. It was a great read, I couldn’t put it down.
“It is all down to the characters from the get go – through the UPS and DOWNS”
The idea itself is not that unusual – rich guy has everything, then there’s a crisis, and lastly an attempted resolution. But this book does much more than that by the way that the reader is engaged, and identifies, with the main character’s ups and, more especially, downs. I do not often well-up at books but this one made me feel so sad in some passages that it was the only correct reaction. I was so used to Dominic Hollands’ with that I did not realise that his writing could also expose the opposite emotions so starkly. Bravo. The only downside in reading the book was the often annoying spelling errors and missed words that I forgave for the sake of the storyline. If this had happened on another book I would have stopped reading it all together. Nevertheless please get a hold of this book though as you too will enjoy it.
“Funny, honest and very well written”
Funny, honest and very well written are a few of the adjectives I would use to describe Eclipsed. It definetly is a heartwarming account of career paths crossed between Father and Son. It is written from the heart ( a little tongue in cheek too) but is written by a Dad who is immensely proud of his son who cannot seem to put a foot wrong ( literally) and who has grown into a young man who is admired by millions but still has his feet firmly placed on the ground due to his dad having his back every step of the way. Definetly worth reading – I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to my next purchase
“FUNNY VERY FUNNY!!!”
Without any doubt it’s the funniest book I’ve read for many, many years. Bought it a long time ago and since have read it twice on my Kindle! You read these so called critics wax lyrical about “laugh out loud”, this book really made me laugh out loud to such effect that people to the sides of me asked” what ARE you reading. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Fantastic story that starts out with a horrific tragedy and a main character whose heartbreak is oh-so-relatable. This book is a detailed and entertaining tale of one man’s reaction to grief, told with warmth and unexpected humor in spots. Holland is a gifted storyteller, and this is by far my favorite of all his books.
If you like football, comedy and great characters, you will think this story is great! It deserves a win and 5 goals!
“I really enjoyed Open Links by the same author so purchased this …”
I really enjoyed Open Links by the same author so purchased this one (actually it’s free!). It might be a preposterous plot with zillion to one coincidences but so what? It was a joy to read; one of those books that make you laugh out load and shed quiet tears. It’s not high art but it’s a cracking tale that rattles along at a great pace. I loved it.
“This was a hard to put down book..”
This was a hard to put down book, and there’s not many that do that for me. It was probably always going to be an obvious ending for this feel good novel but the story telling was excellent on the way there. The only criticism was the last couple of paragraphs seemed to round up the story in too much of a rush; could have been a little more flamboyant I think. But highly recommended by me.
“Go read it you may laugh to”
I found this book up-lifting. I’d like to think I have the same sense if humour as the author as in parts I laughed loudly on the train. Go read it you may laugh to.
Samantha Jane Goodwin
“A heartwarming and hilarious read”
Eclipsed tells the fascinating true story of how UK comedian Dominic Holland found himself being upstaged by his eldest son, Tom Holland – probably best known for playing the web-slinging Marvel superhero Spider-Man.
I stumbled across this book by chance and absolutely loved it. Essentially two stories in one, the tale veers between Dominic’s career on the comedy circuit and young Tom’s first forays into the showbiz world of stage and film.
As a musical lover, I was really interested to discover more about what it takes to be cast in the title role of the West End musical, Billy Elliot, and was equally gripped by the behind-the-scenes account of the Oscar-winning film, The Impossible. Witty and painfully honest, Eclipsed is both intriguing and really funny. A great read.
Fantastic read, highly recommend it to anyone.
“It was amazing”
What a beautiful story. Sobbed through the first few chapters, and a few towards the end as well. It’s been a while since I’ve read something that remained so much on my mind while attempting to go about my day like a regular, functioning adult. I finished it a couple days ago and still haven’t really found the words to describe how it made me feel. A Man’s Life is thoughtful, witty, and above all else, full of heart. I’m extremely excited to read the rest of Dominic’s work!
“Another great read from Dominic.”
Another great read from Dominic. This story remained with me for awhile after finishing it, with an ending I did not see coming at all. Dominic’s style is refreshing in its honesty and his observations of life. I, Gabriel delivers a message that we can all learn from, with one selfless act that can lead to……………well, you will see.
“A great read”
A very readable insight into the film industry as comedian and writer Dominic Holland charts the luck and hard work of his son Tom as he moves from toddler dancer to the West End stage in the title role of Billy Elliot, then just as he is set to return to ‘normal’ life back at school, he is cast in his early teens in the true story The Impossible – how a family survived the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand.
Dominic reflects on the fact that his stand up comedy career has plateaued and his attempts at successfully submitting his own scripts to Hollywood are eclipsed by son Tom’s casting as the new Spider-Man.
An honest, funny and insightful story by a proud father.
“Very clever how it all connects and follows on in sweet succession. “
This is the first adult book I ever read and it was a pretty good intro. It goes from one persons life to the next showing the small little effects that one action can have on another and then another. Very clever how it all connects and follows on in sweet succession.
“Funny, sad and full of surprises”
A wonderfully well written book. Warm and relatable characters carry you through what appears at first to be a painfully sad tale. Another great read from this author.
” This is a refreshing, brutally honest and funny tale of Hollywood”
It’s not often a book claims to be unique and actually lives up to the boast, but Eclipsed does. The story is made all the more fascinating by being true – which is sometimes hard to believe it’s so incredible – and ongoing. Whether you know either or both of the main subjects: Dominic and Tom Holland, or not, it really doesn’t matter. This is a refreshing, brutally honest and funny tale of Hollywood ambition, family, hard work, luck, talent, fame, pride and dreams that both come true and don’t. There are moments which are genuinely touching, sitting alongside those which make you laugh out loud, all told at pace and in language which gradually makes you feel you’re listening to someone generous enough to take the time to entertain you – often at their own expense. One of the few books I know I will read again, I loved it, it’s heart-warmingly real and inspiring and whether you are a parent or not, a film fan or not, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
“Once you are reading, you can’t seem to stop. “
The Story begins slowly with an unlikeable character, but once you are reading, you can’t seem to stop.
Gabriel is changing as the story goes and so does my opinion of him. I feel really attached to this book as I can see my friend in Gabriel’s story. Something happened in his life and just as I was reading that chapter where he decides to write a book, my friend thinks about the same thing, a strange coincidence but this book now has a special place in my heart.
This book will definitely go on to my favorites-shelf!
“A great little read”
Wonderful easy read and one I will be handing out to a few of my footballing mates this Christmas. Nice pace, funny, with plenty of twists and turns. Well recommended.
“A hilarious story with tremendous characters, definitely worthy of 5 stars!”
This was a great read and I highly recommend it. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much but I can honestly say I found it very entertaining, interesting, informative and extremely funny. Look out for the scene in the hotel bedroom, this was probably the funniest chapter I have ever read and I genuinely had tears in my eyes trying to get through it. If you enjoy reading books by authors such as David Nicholls, Nick Hornby or Mark Watson then you should definitely add Dominic Holland to your list.
“Warm, funny, insightful and searingly honest”
I loved this book. It’s warm, funny, insightful and searingly honest. Perfect for fans of Dominic Holland, Tom Holland and anyone who’s a parent. Great read. I’ve now bought A Man’s Life on the back of it.
“Surprise quickly gave way to curiosity”
Having read “Open Links” and “Eclipsed” I was quite surprised when I entered the world of “I, Gabriel.” Surprise quickly gave way to curiosity as I explored the brazen and complex world of Gabriel Webber’s brain. The book’s introduction pulled me in right away and I wondered how Mr. Holland was going to develop this character, a character which honestly, I would have not enjoyed conversing with if I had met him in person. Unsure how this character could experience any drastic change, I continued with the story. After finishing the book, I am pleased to report that I felt Gabriel’s character matured in a dramatic yet realistic way. Mr. Holland brilliantly highlighted how one moment can really change your life, and I loved how he did not scratch the surface of this idea but created a situation when the reader had to truly consider which moment this was for Gabriel. It made me as a reader feel as if I was part of the mystery of Gabriel’s journey and made the conclusion of the book all the more satisfying.
I also enjoyed how Gabriel’s development included questioning what was really important in the world and most importantly, his world. Gabriel’s observation of his world happens in conjunction with other characters making their own observations on how their own worlds operated. Seeing these observations play out, affect one another, and enact change in the character’s life was another way that I felt entwined in Gabriel’s story. Gabriel’s evolution was influenced by these other character’s worlds and priorities, and as these characters slowly reveal their full worlds and their true colors, the projection of Gabriel’s character made more and more sense. With these outside influences affecting Gabriel and at times encouraging or forcing him to change, Mr. Holland cleverly brings in the notion that community is an immensely powerful thing. Furthermore, that a person’s role or perception within this community can be an equally powerful thing. In a society filled with social media, online newspapers, tabloids, and more, the perception or image of a person can at times be overdramatized. I think this story is an excellent example of purposeful manipulation of an image and how quickly these manipulations can spin out of control. It is however, also a strong example of one event can lead to one action that catalyzes a series of changes that really change a person and their life. And once again, Mr. Holland brings his readers into the mystery by making this event hard to decipher and one of the prominent kernels of this story.
I congratulate Mr. Holland on once again delivering a story that fully delves into its characters, its plot, and its message. And as someone who has OCD which a focus on “hygiene neurosis” as Gabriel Webber experiences, I highly appreciated the glimpses of hardships that Gabriel can experience with this condition and part of his evolution included some healing in this area. It gave me hope that one day, I too, might start to get better. In conclusion, thank you Mr. Holland for another wonderful read and please do a podcast or live interview on your influences for this book! It is so different from your other works that I have seen so far, I, along with other readers I am sure, would be fascinated to learn what led you down the road to this specific work. Looking forward to my next read and thank you!
“A wonderful story and a pleasure to read”
Being a university student, I don’t have a lot of spare time to read books that are not part of my course. However, after reading the first chapter of I,Gabriel I could not put it down. The story is not only captivating but extremely realistic and well written. The words flow seamlessly which makes it really easy to read. This is the first of Dominic’s books that I have read and it certainly will not be the last.
“His eyebrow must have looked like an epileptic caterpillar.”
His eyebrow must have looked like an epileptic caterpillar. Now, you are curious. Then, you will read the book. And, you’re going to love it. I promise.
“The first thing I thought was when is the sequel!”
I, Gabriel was the second book I read by Dominic Holland. The first being Open Links which I loved because I felt like I was a spectator at the golf tournament. When I started the book I found it really hard to like Gabriel, but as I continued the story I began to change my views of him flaws and all. Watching Gabriel change as events he was faced with made him grow as a person! The surprise at the end was not expected but worth it! The first thing I thought was when is the sequel! I thoroughly enjoy Dominic Holland’s style of writing. I have since read A Man’s Life, Eclisped and Only in America! They are all must reads!!
“Spiderman does have a dad, and he writes a good book!”
I was encouraged to purchase Eclipsed having heard Dom Holland talk about the essence of the book at MCM ComicCon. I was aware of his work as a comedian and Tom is a regular topic conversation in a house under the spell of the MCU, so it was an easy sell.
His writing style is light-hearted and self-deprecating, with the underlying theme of his self-perceived ‘failure’ contrasting his firstborn’s rise to stardom. What is obvious both in the book, and from hearing him talk, is his pride not just in Tom, but in all four boys, and the family’s commitment to keeping Tom’s feet firmly on the ground.
An easy, enjoyable read and a must for any fans (or parents of!) our current Spiderman! I now look forward to working my way through his fictional works.
“A truly wonderful read “
It is so easy to forget to dream and think big at times. The monotony of everyday life can sink in and convince one that this is it, no more upward growth to come. But then sometimes, fate can jump in and mix things up, because, why not? I once told a friend that the reason she had people that loved her is because she put good energy out into the world and the love she experienced was that energy coming back for her. This memory prompted a smile as I finished “Only in America” having just read a marvelous story about someone’s energy coming back to them in the best way.
I really enjoyed how relatable the character of Milly was throughout the story. She has a job that she is excellent at, but does not particularly like. She has parents that love her but want more for her. She is subject to dinner parties, blind dates, and wishful glances from men. And lastly, she has a big dream that she hopes will come true. These hopes are not supported by actions though as Milly is convinced that putting herself out there will not yield any positive results. So the dream taunts her daily, with opportunities and moments that Milly often let slip by. Milly’s musing that self-esteem is not taught in school was refreshing to see because it is so true. We are often taught how to obtain and retain knowledge, but rarely, if ever, taught how to believe in ourselves. Us millennials are often referred to as naïve and greedy when we want to feel good about ourselves and work in a job that we are passionate about. Why must we want so much? Why cannot just be happy with what we have been given? It is true that the mentality of believing in yourself can be taken too far, leading to arrogance or the thought that you have never quite reached your potential so you must keep pushing, but on the other hand a strong dose of newfound self-esteem never hurt anybody.
It was wonderful to see Milly’s character discover her own newfound self-esteem throughout the story as she slowly realizes that she is more than she thinks and that she can go further. Once Milly starts to take chances and stick up for herself, that is when fate knows she is ready for her dream to come true and for all of the good, hardworking energy she had put out in the world to come back to her. But this journey cannot happen easily of course! Mr. Holland did a superb job of writing a story that kept you hooked right until the very end. How would all these characters interact? How could the domino effect of one single mishap really lead to a life changing event? How many times can characters interact without really interacting? And so on.
“Only in America” was a truly wonderful read and I am grateful to Mr. Holland for reminding us that it is alright to dream big and to fight for it. Even if it does not happen right away, or in the way that you have dreamt, it can still happen. Life can have a way of surprising you, sometimes in the best way. Thank you Mr. Holland for another enjoyable journey.