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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

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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

Ingrid A

“Fantastic”

Fantastic read, highly recommend it to anyone.

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Brian Jeynes

“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

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J Millward

“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.

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Claire C

“Absolutely loved it”

I purchased Open Links after hearing about it through The Brothers Trust and knowing it was for a great cause… and I’m so glad I did! Absolutely loved it. The characters in this book all come alive off the page. You find yourself genuinely caring about them, and then you can’t stop reading because you need to know what happens next! It made me laugh out loud but also well up with tears, as it’s got such an emotional heart. Don’t be put off thinking it’s all about golf (the little amount I know is just from playing Tiger Woods PGA Tour on the PS3!) – the sport and setting simply act as a perfect backdrop for a beautiful story that everyone will enjoy… golf fan or not.

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Audrey L

“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.

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Scotia

“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.

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Elisa P

“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!

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Mike T

“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!

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Geoff

“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.

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Rachel C

” A really, really great book!”

Sometimes, stories with multiple characters, both good and bad, each with different lifestyles, can be a bit confusing and complicated for me to keep up with. However, Open Links (sorry, I can not italicize the title) intertwines all of its characters beautifully, and was really easy to understand. The circumstances of Ricky were really quirky and funny, and written in such a way that it seemed like it was something that could actually happen to an old professional golfer. Speaking of golf, this book has actually created a golf fan out of me, something I once thought impossible. It really is an exciting, difficult, and captivating sport.”Chapter Sixteen” and beyond really sold it for me. It was really touching, and I honestly can’t put into words how it made me feel, so I’ll just say it made me feel elated. It’s great to see someone as ordinary as Ricky touching so many people’s lives, and in turn, some of them affecting his life as well. It makes the reader feel like they can accomplish something just as special, or it did for this reader.The novel even inspired me to find a way to register for stem cells/bone marrow, etc. donation in the US (according to their website, the Anthony Nolan register is exclusive to those living outside of the UK, which I didn’t know). I know that your book inspired so many people to do the same, and/or to make monetary donations. I’ve just started Eclipsed (yet again, it should be italicized), and the rest of your books are on my list.
Thank you so much for writing!

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Sometimes in life, things happen for a reason. Little things. Tiny things that appear innocuous and incidental at the time but can go on to have life changing consequences. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. A Man's Life is a heart rending novel that draws on this theme.

Die-hard soccer fan Bill is truly despondent. His club is facing bankruptcy. His forthcoming act of protest will have untold consequences. It will ruin careers, destroy friendships and raise questions in Parliament. What might this rebellious act be? You will have to read this hilarious book to find out!

How does a film script by an unknown writer get to be read by a Hollywood studio boss? What happens if he loves it? And what do his people do if they have no idea who wrote it?

You can buy this directly from The Brothers Trust website just click here - remember every penny goes directly to  the Anthony Nolan charity, saving lives of people with blood cancer.