Only in America
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How does a film script by an unknown writer fall in to the hands of a Hollywood movie mogul and what happens if he loves it and gives it the green light. But his ‘people’ have no idea who the writer is – and our heroine of the story is stuck in a dead-end job in London with no way of knowing that her script is causing pandemonium Stateside. And so begins a breathless, romantic hunt that will have the reader laughing and screaming at this beautiful Cinderella of a story.
‘A comic story to rival Notting Hill.’
‘A funny and sweetly romantic debut’
‘This book is the best thing to come out of Holland since tulips’
‘Laugh out loud funny all over the place and absolutely screaming to be a film’
Mark Billingham, author of Sleepyhead
"A good read with a clever plot . . . the narrative is laced with musing on the minor perplexities of life’
‘His hilariously funny and sharply written novel is the type of light-hearted work you’d expect from such a great comic’
‘The jokes flow slick and fast’
‘A fine stand-up comic has turned into a first class, laugh out loud novelist. Read and enjoy’
‘It is the only book I have read in one sitting. Of all the books by comedians turning their hands to novel writing including Stephen Fry, Alexei Sayle and Ade Edmonson this is the funniest, most enjoyable and satisfying’
Simon Wilson, Nottingham Post
‘Holland’s novel is witty, warm, enjoyable, addictive, captivating and hilariously funny. Laughing out loud on your own can be an unnerving business, but laugh uncontrollably I did’
Katherine MacAlister, Oxford Mai
‘Hilarious and touching novel’
‘The kind of story where you know right from the beginning how it will come out, the pleasure being in how cleverly the ending can be contrived for greatest happiness’
‘Great fluff and nonsense’
‘As soon as you pick it up, you forget about everything that you have to do, and you read it from cover to cover and you laugh out loud and you love it’
Jenny Handley, Saga Radio
“the first novel that I have ever read in one sitting. Of all the comics turning their hands to writing, Holland is the best of them for laughs”
Some Reader Comments
“This book is quite frankly fantastic” Shaq *****
“I read ‘Only in America’ in a less than a day – laugh out loud funny, and the characters are already missed” RayKay57 *****
“A fantastically good read” Brian Marples *****
“I laughed out loud in public and I didn’t put it down until I finished it” *****
My upstairs neighbours must have been wondering why I was laughing out loud at 1am. Rob Lightbody *****
Author Comment on Only in America
Anyone who has read my two year blog, Eclipsed or my non-fiction book, Eclipsed, will know that Only in America was inspired by own (mis)adventures in Hollywood. A wildly exciting time selling my scripts but ultimately an unsuccessful foray.
A failure then?
Not really because all endeavour is worthwhile. Endeavour is essential. Endeavour provides us with hope and hope is second only in importance to oxygen.
Plus and more tangibly, this experience also inspired my first novel, Only in America.
And it is a warm irony indeed that this novel would itself be optioned twice by film companies and so the circle completes and continues, without as yet ever hearing the seductive word, action – but one never knows? Hope, you see…
And even more welcome is the fact that some years later, I am a dad and the backdrop to Only in America and my own LA experiences provide me with yet another story to tell.
By forming the spine of the story of Eclipsed – perhaps the most important book that I have ever written and certainly the one that I most cherish.
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