I get a lot of emails from people which is always heartening – but I wanted to share this one on my blog – I explain why afterwards…
Hello Mr. Holland
I donâ€™t know if you remember me but last Wednesday I wrote to you on your blog saying that I couldnâ€™t buy the book Eclipsed on Amazon due to copyright issues because I am in Portugal. You kindly sent me the book and I started reading in that instant. For your kind gesture I thank you again. You asked me to write what were my thoughts about the book and in this e-mail I will try to do exactly that. I apologise for any mistakes in my English.
I would like to start by telling you that you truly are an amazing writer. You have the ability to keep things interesting. Personally I couldnâ€™t stop reading it. For example it is 2:00 am in Portugal and I just finished reading your book. I laughed out loud with the funny situations that you described in the book.
Your life story is very interesting. How you struggled sometimes to stay afloat but also all of your success. All of your disappointments and setbacks havenâ€™t stopped you from continuing to try to reach your goals. I find that very inspiring and I guess that is something that you taught Tom to do also. Iâ€™m sure that you will have one of your books in the cinema some day. I will go and watch them you can be sure of that.
Tomâ€™s story is both inspiring and disturbing to me. Disturbing because Iâ€™m 19 years old and I havenâ€™t achieved anything in my life and Tom at such a young age had already achieved so much. Inspiring because of his amazing talent and hard work has allowed him to accomplish what he did.
I can only imagine (your book helps) how hard it was for him so young and already with a leading role at Billy Elliot and later on The Impossible. I admire him for doing such a good job on both projects.
Another thing I found amazing in your family is how proud and supportive you are of your kids. But also how you keep them down to earth.
Sorry but I have to disagree of the title of the book. I donâ€™t think that Tom eclipsed you. I think that he made you shine more: as a father. All his success has a very strong family basis that you and your wife gave him over the years. Being a good parent and see his son succeed is the brightest light a person can have, donâ€™t you think?
Iâ€™m sure that Tom will continue to act and do more movies. I expect great things from him.
Thank you again for sending me this book. Reading it was truly a useful and entertaining experience to me. It was worth every second I spent reading it.
All the best for you and your family
Okay – so obviously its a nice review and I have anÂ interest in posting it – but I post it for other reasons besides.
Firstly, how well it is written by a man so young and also Â in a foreign language. But also for howÂ insightful it is.Â Writing the book has been an emotional project for me. Much effort and worry about whether it will all be worthwhile. Receving emails like this more than sales are answer enough and his line alone -Â “I think he made you shine more: as a father” is the nicest thing a stranger has ever said to me.
Thank you Rui
And finally to all the visitors yet to click on to Amazon – Can you afford to miss this life affirming document!