Reviews: Eclipsed

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” This is a refreshing, brutally honest and funny tale of Hollywood”

It’s not often a book claims to be unique and actually lives up to the boast, but Eclipsed does. The story is made all the more fascinating by being true – which is sometimes hard to believe it’s so incredible – and ongoing. Whether you know either or both of the main subjects: Dominic and Tom Holland, or not, it really doesn’t matter. This is a refreshing, brutally honest and funny tale of Hollywood ambition, family, hard work, luck, talent, fame, pride and dreams that both come true and don’t. There are moments which are genuinely touching, sitting alongside those which make you laugh out loud, all told at pace and in language which gradually makes you feel you’re listening to someone generous enough to take the time to entertain you – often at their own expense. One of the few books I know I will read again, I loved it, it’s heart-warmingly real and inspiring and whether you are a parent or not, a film fan or not, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Stephanie J

” This is a refreshing, brutally honest and funny tale of Hollywood”

It’s not often a book claims to be unique and actually lives up to the boast, but Eclipsed does. The story is made all the more fascinating by being true – which is sometimes hard to believe it’s so incredible – and ongoing. Whether you know either or both of the main subjects: Dominic and Tom Holland, or not, it really doesn’t matter. This is a refreshing, brutally honest and funny tale of Hollywood ambition, family, hard work, luck, talent, fame, pride and dreams that both come true and don’t. There are moments which are genuinely touching, sitting alongside those which make you laugh out loud, all told at pace and in language which gradually makes you feel you’re listening to someone generous enough to take the time to entertain you – often at their own expense. One of the few books I know I will read again, I loved it, it’s heart-warmingly real and inspiring and whether you are a parent or not, a film fan or not, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Stephanie J

” It reads like a charm, Mr. Holland is a great storyteller”

I’ve put off this review long enough now. Today is the day. Last August, I was introduced to a new author. And the irony is that…if it wasn’t for his “famous son” I probably never would have heard of Dominic Holland. So, many thanks TH. Back to the review…A sunny August afternoon, Eclipsed in hand…here we go…First off, it reads like a charm, Mr. Holland’s is a great storyteller and you get immersed in the book so quickly that you can’t put it down. (that goes for all of his books actually) From laughter to tears at time, from deep reflexions to spontaneous giggles this real life story has it all and then some. It’s honest and pure. A window (that so “cliche” I know) into a surreal humain story filled with life lessons…The best one being..and I quote.. “Because life is a series of struggles and our success is a factor of how we cope with them…” I tell you, take the time, read this book…and the others also.

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Melanie L

” It reads like a charm, Mr. Holland is a great storyteller”

I’ve put off this review long enough now. Today is the day. Last August, I was introduced to a new author. And the irony is that…if it wasn’t for his “famous son” I probably never would have heard of Dominic Holland. So, many thanks TH. Back to the review…A sunny August afternoon, Eclipsed in hand…here we go…First off, it reads like a charm, Mr. Holland’s is a great storyteller and you get immersed in the book so quickly that you can’t put it down. (that goes for all of his books actually) From laughter to tears at time, from deep reflexions to spontaneous giggles this real life story has it all and then some. It’s honest and pure. A window (that so “cliche” I know) into a surreal humain story filled with life lessons…The best one being..and I quote.. “Because life is a series of struggles and our success is a factor of how we cope with them…” I tell you, take the time, read this book…and the others also.

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Melanie L

“Warm, funny, insightful and searingly honest”

I loved this book. It’s warm, funny, insightful and searingly honest. Perfect for fans of Dominic Holland, Tom Holland and anyone who’s a parent. Great read. I’ve now bought A Man’s Life on the back of it.

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Sharon

“Warm, funny, insightful and searingly honest”

I loved this book. It’s warm, funny, insightful and searingly honest. Perfect for fans of Dominic Holland, Tom Holland and anyone who’s a parent. Great read. I’ve now bought A Man’s Life on the back of it.

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Sharon

“I loved it. Finished it in a week!”

This is the first Dominic Holland book I’ve read and I loved it. Finished it in a week – which is quick for me as I’m usually a one book a month person. The parallels between Dominic trying (and not really succeeding) in the film world and then his son totally and utterly succeeding in the same world a few years later definetly makes a great story. It probably wouldn’t even be believable if it wasn’t actually true!!!! My favourite parts of the book were the funny and awkward situations Dominic finds himself in. I can definetly see the stand up comic in him – some of the situations really had me giggling along and I could picture him putting them in a comedy routine. It’s also a very honest book, with Dominic able to talk openly about what he sees as his own frailties. My best recommendation is that I went straight from finishing ‘Eclipsed’ to downloading (for free!!) ‘Only In America’. The writing of this is referenced quite a bit in ‘Eclipsed’. The way Dominic talks about the film world really made me want to read his fictionalised version of a hopeful Brit trying to sell a screenplay. I can’t wait to get started on ‘Only in America’.

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Sophie

“I loved it. Finished it in a week!”

This is the first Dominic Holland book I’ve read and I loved it. Finished it in a week – which is quick for me as I’m usually a one book a month person. The parallels between Dominic trying (and not really succeeding) in the film world and then his son totally and utterly succeeding in the same world a few years later definetly makes a great story. It probably wouldn’t even be believable if it wasn’t actually true!!!! My favourite parts of the book were the funny and awkward situations Dominic finds himself in. I can definetly see the stand up comic in him – some of the situations really had me giggling along and I could picture him putting them in a comedy routine. It’s also a very honest book, with Dominic able to talk openly about what he sees as his own frailties. My best recommendation is that I went straight from finishing ‘Eclipsed’ to downloading (for free!!) ‘Only In America’. The writing of this is referenced quite a bit in ‘Eclipsed’. The way Dominic talks about the film world really made me want to read his fictionalised version of a hopeful Brit trying to sell a screenplay. I can’t wait to get started on ‘Only in America’.

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Sophie

“I absolutely loved the book”

I absolutely loved the book and was very enjoyable ! I also very much appreciated the personalised message inside.

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Connie

“I absolutely loved the book”

I absolutely loved the book and was very enjoyable ! I also very much appreciated the personalised message inside.

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Connie

“Funny, honest and very well written”

Funny, honest and very well written are a few of the adjectives I would use to describe Eclipsed. It definetly is a heartwarming account of career paths crossed between Father and Son. It is written from the heart ( a little tongue in cheek too) but is written by a Dad who is immensely proud of his son who cannot seem to put a foot wrong ( literally) and who has grown into a young man who is admired by millions but still has his feet firmly placed on the ground due to his dad having his back every step of the way. Definetly worth reading – I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to my next purchase

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Lorraine

“Funny, honest and very well written”

Funny, honest and very well written are a few of the adjectives I would use to describe Eclipsed. It definetly is a heartwarming account of career paths crossed between Father and Son. It is written from the heart ( a little tongue in cheek too) but is written by a Dad who is immensely proud of his son who cannot seem to put a foot wrong ( literally) and who has grown into a young man who is admired by millions but still has his feet firmly placed on the ground due to his dad having his back every step of the way. Definetly worth reading – I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to my next purchase

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Lorraine

“Fantastic”

Fantastic read, highly recommend it to anyone.

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Ingrid A

“Fantastic”

Fantastic read, highly recommend it to anyone.

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Ingrid A

“It was a great read, I couldn’t put it down.”

Bought the digital copy and loved the book so much I ended up buying the paperback version as well.  I can’t relate in any way to the success of Dom’s offspring but can truly relate to Dom’s  successes and disappointments in life.  There is a kinship in knowing we all struggle in our endeavours, I think we have all been eclipsed at least once, if not many times in our lives.  I thoroughly enjoyed discovering his son’s journey to the top, it felt like he was destined to best his father but then who better to be eclipsed by then your own son?  You could say Dom’s greatest success IS being eclipsed by his son.  It was a great read, I couldn’t put it down.

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Leigh T

“It was a great read, I couldn’t put it down.”

Bought the digital copy and loved the book so much I ended up buying the paperback version as well.  I can’t relate in any way to the success of Dom’s offspring but can truly relate to Dom’s  successes and disappointments in life.  There is a kinship in knowing we all struggle in our endeavours, I think we have all been eclipsed at least once, if not many times in our lives.  I thoroughly enjoyed discovering his son’s journey to the top, it felt like he was destined to best his father but then who better to be eclipsed by then your own son?  You could say Dom’s greatest success IS being eclipsed by his son.  It was a great read, I couldn’t put it down.

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Leigh T

“Spiderman does have a dad, and he writes a good book!”

I was encouraged to purchase Eclipsed having heard Dom Holland talk about the essence of the book at MCM ComicCon. I was aware of his work as a comedian and Tom is a regular topic conversation in a house under the spell of the MCU, so it was an easy sell.

His writing style is light-hearted and self-deprecating, with the underlying theme of his self-perceived ‘failure’ contrasting his firstborn’s rise to stardom. What is obvious both in the book, and from hearing him talk, is his pride not just in Tom, but in all four boys, and the family’s commitment to keeping Tom’s feet firmly on the ground.

An easy, enjoyable read and a must for any fans (or parents of!) our current Spiderman! I now look forward to working my way through his fictional works.

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Anne-Louise B

“Spiderman does have a dad, and he writes a good book!”

I was encouraged to purchase Eclipsed having heard Dom Holland talk about the essence of the book at MCM ComicCon. I was aware of his work as a comedian and Tom is a regular topic conversation in a house under the spell of the MCU, so it was an easy sell.

His writing style is light-hearted and self-deprecating, with the underlying theme of his self-perceived ‘failure’ contrasting his firstborn’s rise to stardom. What is obvious both in the book, and from hearing him talk, is his pride not just in Tom, but in all four boys, and the family’s commitment to keeping Tom’s feet firmly on the ground.

An easy, enjoyable read and a must for any fans (or parents of!) our current Spiderman! I now look forward to working my way through his fictional works.

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Anne-Louise B

“Brilliantly written, well paced, full of subtle reflections on life and many laugh out loud moments”

A truly wonderful book about the trials and tribulations of a man standing at the top of the comedy roller-coaster and his subsequent ride down to the revolving tea cup and saucers, as he strives to rise again. Great story, peppered with genuinely funny and well paced anecdotes, I grinned throughout and laughed out loud many times.

Beautifully interlaced with stories supporting the family he clearly loves, as his eldest son, Tom Holland, grows to become one of today’s hottest Hollywood stars. What sets this book apart from most ‘stand up’ penned books is that Dominic Holland is an excellent writer. Full of interesting insights in to life, the life of a comedian and the craziness of the movie industry, i read the book in one marathon session.

This is a really heart warming easy to read tale of a family experiencing what it is really like to hope, endeavour, work incredibly hard and ultimately succeed in the movies.

And I just love his Optimism ! He is knocked back again and again but he just keeps on keeping on. I guess as a Perrier Comedy Award winner he knows he has it in him to be a major success. In fact I’m sure Dominic Holland truly believes in his heart that Eclipse Two will be written by Tom Holland in a few years time when his Dad wins a Best Screenplay Oscar… I wouldn’t put it past him.

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Chris Seaward

“Brilliantly written, well paced, full of subtle reflections on life and many laugh out loud moments”

A truly wonderful book about the trials and tribulations of a man standing at the top of the comedy roller-coaster and his subsequent ride down to the revolving tea cup and saucers, as he strives to rise again. Great story, peppered with genuinely funny and well paced anecdotes, I grinned throughout and laughed out loud many times.

Beautifully interlaced with stories supporting the family he clearly loves, as his eldest son, Tom Holland, grows to become one of today’s hottest Hollywood stars. What sets this book apart from most ‘stand up’ penned books is that Dominic Holland is an excellent writer. Full of interesting insights in to life, the life of a comedian and the craziness of the movie industry, i read the book in one marathon session.

This is a really heart warming easy to read tale of a family experiencing what it is really like to hope, endeavour, work incredibly hard and ultimately succeed in the movies.

And I just love his Optimism ! He is knocked back again and again but he just keeps on keeping on. I guess as a Perrier Comedy Award winner he knows he has it in him to be a major success. In fact I’m sure Dominic Holland truly believes in his heart that Eclipse Two will be written by Tom Holland in a few years time when his Dad wins a Best Screenplay Oscar… I wouldn’t put it past him.

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Chris Seaward