The Fruit Bowl

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An emotional rollercoaster

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I launched myself into this book knowing how much it meant to Dom. It didn’t disappoint to say the least. It’s written from a man’s viewpoint but is full of emotion and immense courage in the face of such adversity. You root for the main character Tom and become invested in his story and outcome. I loved the references to the actual fruit bowl and the story behind it. I wanted to get to the closure of the story but really didn’t want it to end. I enjoyed every page of this book. What can I say but -Congratulations Dom I absolutely loved it!!

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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.

The Fruit Bowl is a life affirming story. A rare novel that evokes tears of laughter and sadness. A story that celebrates the human spirit and values love and kinship above all else. Holland has made his living observing human nature. He makes people laugh by reflecting people’s lives in his own and he draws on this experience to tell this heart rending story.

It has evolved over considerable time. Based on a series of real events in his own life, it is not a story that could be written quickly.

A beautiful tale of love and loss. Holland shines a brilliant light on human nature and what it is that sustains us. Our vulnerability and our need for other people and their love to complete as human beings.

Reviews

Kyla T

“Brilliant book!”

I couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh and cry multiple times and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story!

 

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“Brilliant book!”

I couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh and cry multiple times and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole story!

 

Click here to buy your own copy of The Fruit Bowl

Kyla T

Riley C

“This book is wonderful!”

Within the first few pages of the book I felt a strong empathy and love for the characters and their well being – a feat that only very good writers can accomplish. The story is a beautiful and touching insight into loss, love, and how incredibly vital human connection is to every person. Dominic Holland did an incredible job of bringing these characters to life and making them wonderfully real and charming. The Fruit Bowl is a fantastic book and I highly recommend to others that have an interest in reading it. It is well worth it!

 

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“This book is wonderful!”

Within the first few pages of the book I felt a strong empathy and love for the characters and their well being – a feat that only very good writers can accomplish. The story is a beautiful and touching insight into loss, love, and how incredibly vital human connection is to every person. Dominic Holland did an incredible job of bringing these characters to life and making them wonderfully real and charming. The Fruit Bowl is a fantastic book and I highly recommend to others that have an interest in reading it. It is well worth it!

 

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Riley C

Caroline D

“Great reading!!! “

I’m a very emotional person but I’m not used to cry by reading a book though. You did manage this, congrats. For your information, the only other novelist to give me real feelings with his books is a certain Stephen King!… One more word : I really appreciated the use of French words, as usual,  and The French Table mention in the name of all your French teasers, no doubt.

 

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“Great reading!!! “

I’m a very emotional person but I’m not used to cry by reading a book though. You did manage this, congrats. For your information, the only other novelist to give me real feelings with his books is a certain Stephen King!… One more word : I really appreciated the use of French words, as usual,  and The French Table mention in the name of all your French teasers, no doubt.

 

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Caroline D

Jess P

“One of the best I have ever read”

This book is undoubtedly one of the best I have ever read. To put briefly: it has the thrill of something new and comforting familiarity of home.

 

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“One of the best I have ever read”

This book is undoubtedly one of the best I have ever read. To put briefly: it has the thrill of something new and comforting familiarity of home.

 

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Jess P

Ana C

“It made me laugh and cry”

I decided to buy the fruit bowl as my first English book/novel and I can say with certainty that it was amazing and that I don’t regret the choice! It made me laugh and cry and for me it’s very hard to cry over anything! So proud of this book and I can’t wait to read the next!

 

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“It made me laugh and cry”

I decided to buy the fruit bowl as my first English book/novel and I can say with certainty that it was amazing and that I don’t regret the choice! It made me laugh and cry and for me it’s very hard to cry over anything! So proud of this book and I can’t wait to read the next!

 

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Ana C

Alison S

“Absorbing, uplifting, wonderful”

Absorbing, uplifting, wonderful – a real peach of a book (other fruits are available).

 

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“Absorbing, uplifting, wonderful”

Absorbing, uplifting, wonderful – a real peach of a book (other fruits are available).

 

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Alison S

Isabella B

“In a word, beautiful”

Never before has an author made me feel what Dominic Holland has made me feel.  This type of fiction is not something I would normally find myself reading, but I am glad I took a chance on it, for it has truly changed my life. Mr. Holland has a gift for making the reader feel just as vulnerable as the characters he describes. I am not one to reread books, but I believe I may be making an exception for this one. A modern masterpiece.

 

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“In a word, beautiful”

Never before has an author made me feel what Dominic Holland has made me feel.  This type of fiction is not something I would normally find myself reading, but I am glad I took a chance on it, for it has truly changed my life. Mr. Holland has a gift for making the reader feel just as vulnerable as the characters he describes. I am not one to reread books, but I believe I may be making an exception for this one. A modern masterpiece.

 

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Isabella B

Rachel L

“Gripping tale”

Despite my workload I made sure to leave every night clear so I can read this book. Its’ gripping tale kept me up way past when I planned to put it down! It’s sad, happy, and everything in between, the ending leaves you satisfied enough as well. I say “enough” because I’m always the person who asks the author for a sequel. Anyways, I’m excited to recommend this to the next person I see!

 

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“Gripping tale”

Despite my workload I made sure to leave every night clear so I can read this book. Its’ gripping tale kept me up way past when I planned to put it down! It’s sad, happy, and everything in between, the ending leaves you satisfied enough as well. I say “enough” because I’m always the person who asks the author for a sequel. Anyways, I’m excited to recommend this to the next person I see!

 

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Rachel L

Yasmin J

“This was incredible”

One of the best books I ever read! I can’t remember ever crying or laughing as hard as I did whilst reading the fruit bowl. A story that everyone can relate to on some level, and just the simple reflection on the good in every person. I loved it and I can’t wait for your next book

 

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“This was incredible”

One of the best books I ever read! I can’t remember ever crying or laughing as hard as I did whilst reading the fruit bowl. A story that everyone can relate to on some level, and just the simple reflection on the good in every person. I loved it and I can’t wait for your next book

 

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Yasmin J

Beth D

“Money well spent, I loved the book”

Dom, it was a honour reading your book. I purchased this book it was simply because I missed being in the classroom, reading. I didn’t realise I would miss that feeling so much over the lockdown period. So I chose this book because it just so happened that your son, Tom, was promoting it on Instagram so I thought I would give it a go, mainly because he said it would make me both laugh and cry and I needed to feel something other than stress. Money well spent, I loved the book! Beth was a great name choice by the way. I felt all the feels. Over never cried reading a book before (and I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars). It was my first time reading a book of yours and I am glad to say that I would happily read all your books. Thanks for making my summer in lockdown a whole lot better.

 

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“Money well spent, I loved the book”

Dom, it was a honour reading your book. I purchased this book it was simply because I missed being in the classroom, reading. I didn’t realise I would miss that feeling so much over the lockdown period. So I chose this book because it just so happened that your son, Tom, was promoting it on Instagram so I thought I would give it a go, mainly because he said it would make me both laugh and cry and I needed to feel something other than stress. Money well spent, I loved the book! Beth was a great name choice by the way. I felt all the feels. Over never cried reading a book before (and I’ve read The Fault In Our Stars). It was my first time reading a book of yours and I am glad to say that I would happily read all your books. Thanks for making my summer in lockdown a whole lot better.

 

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Beth D

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