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The Fruit Bowl

Sometimes things just happen. Little things that appear incidental but go on to have life changing consequences; good and bad.

The Fruit Bowl draws on this theme.

Break-time at St. Edmunds School in the 1970’s; two boys lives are about to be changed forever. Tom Harper is a twelve year old being picked on by a bully. An everyday scenario played out at every break-time. Paddy Porter is an older boy and sensing the mismatch, he intervenes and settles the dispute. Just a compulsion to act and in doing so, Tom and Paddy’s futures become fused. An innocuous incident between two strangers but one that will reconnect them some thirty years later and set in motion a chain of events that completes and saves each of their lives.

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Eclipsed – How Tom Holland Eclipsed His “Celebrity” Dad

★★★★★ 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon

Eclipsed can be bought as a hard copy through this website, as an e-book and via amazon print-on-demand.

Tom Holland is constantly being requested for interviews by the world’s press and invariably he is asked, how does a kid get to become Spider-Man? All such interviews are now redundant. Eclipsed is 100,000 words with over 60 photographs in black and white and full colour and is all anyone needs to know about the extraordinary story of how a kid got spotted and managed to get through all of the tiny hoops leading to Hollywood.

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I,Gabriel

★★★★★ 5 out of 5 on Amazon

I.Gabriel can be bought as a hard copy through this website, as an e-book and via amazon print-on-demand.

Gabriel Webber is a man of contradictions; a man with everything and nothing. A soaring success and an abject failure. Blessed with a brilliant mind yet incapable of understanding the most simple equation of all; to create contentment and happiness.

Lost to the progressive world. His views are anachronistic, he feels marginalised and is lost. His prejudices tormenting and confounding him until a most beautiful and unlikely epiphany. A chance encounter which literally saves his life but one he must strive to understand if he is to save his soul.

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Book Reviews

Naomi

“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.

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R Willoughby

“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.

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Jenessa W

“I’m not a golf person but I’m certainly a fan of Ricky Randal in Open Links”

Now I’m not a golf person but I’m certainly a fan of Ricky Randal in Open Links. I honestly got so nervous at the end, hoping that he’d end on a good note. I found it interesting that there were so many different characters who seemed to have nothing in common but end up having major impacts on each other’s lives. Also I’m not entirely sure why but I found the part of “the driver of an empty golf buggy, who had some explaining to do” very amusing, I literally laughed out loud while reading. I would definitely recommend reading this book and I will be reading more books by Dominic Holland!

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Sara G

“The narrative is beautifully paced and draws you in very quickly”

I really enjoyed reading this book – although the opening few chapters put you through an emotional wringer!  The narrative is beautifully paced and draws you in very quickly.  You really start to root for the characters and end up wanting to give most of them the longest hug!   My one piece of feedback – and this applies to Open Links too (which I also loved) – is that the ending seems a bit rushed and all tied up very quickly. The beautiful pace disappears in a seeming hurry to get everything wrapped up.   I’d happily read extra chapters that go into a bit more depth and detail of how the story is resolved. I prefer The Fruit Bowl and Open Links to I, Gabriel  – but that is obviously just personal choice. Keep writing Dom – but please slower endings!

 

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Desiree K

“I wanted to try something new”

Usually I read thrillers and fantasy, because I love the action and suspense and it just captivates me. But I wanted to try something new and so I decided to read the books of Dom. Fruit Bowl is the first book I read by him and I love it. I have to say I had to take a break pretty quickly because I shed so many tears that I couldn’t read any further. I didn’t think that a novel could captivate me like this, because I was sure I would miss the action. But whenever I put the book aside, I couldn’t wait to read on. I love the story as it is written and just the whole book. Definitely recommend!

 

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Celia G

“Wow!!!”

I couldn’t put the book down. Amazing novel that has a bit of everything. I cried, laughed and was left wanting more. Excellent work!!!

 

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Celia G

“Read it in four days!!!”

Loved it!! I think it was written with lots of  love and honesty from the perspective of a very proud dad!!!

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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

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Audrey L

“This story was beyond moving”

With the craziness of today’s world it is always wonderful to get lost in a good book. Thankfully, “The Fruit Bowl”, was up to the task.

As usual Mr. Holland, your ability to weave so many stories and characters together into a seamless exchange is impressive and a joy to read through. This book was fantastic and something that I think the world really needs right now. So many lives have been drastically changed and torn apart by this pandemic that I think this story will serve as an excellent symbol of hope for many.

This story was beyond moving and I think a very accurate representation of the journey of grief. I believe often that people put too much emphasis on when grief will end and when a person might become “normal” again after dealing with grief. I love that you approached the topic in this book of grief being gut-wrenching and that a person might never become truly “normal” again. It was excellent though that paired alongside this harsh reality of grief, there was the hope throughout the story that things could indeed improve and get better for someone, even if it does not make sense initially. I also appreciated that you really had Tom’s character in charge of his own path to healing and that he really went with his gut to know what was right. I think people that are either currently experiencing extreme grief or have experienced it in the past will receive comfort and hope from this story of recovery and healing. I personally have experienced several losses in my life that were quite traumatic and I know I will return to this book as a form of healing whenever the grief becomes too overwhelming to handle.

So thank you Mr. Holland for writing this beautiful, tragic, emotional, and victorious story. It was truly an honour to read. Also once again with the main character being named Tom and that Paddy Porter had four sons with his youngest being named Paddy, it is wonderful to see you bring your family into your stories and into you art. Thank you again for another wonderful story.

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Laura K

“I was invested in the story and characters from the first chapter.”

Loved it! I was invested in the story and characters from the first chapter. The story is beautifully written. It has it all: love, heartache, hope, laughter, growth and intrigue. Definitely a page turner and highly recommended!

 

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