Eclipsed

A unique story of hits and misses. An unintentional parenting manual for mums (moms) and dads as much for the fans of Tom Holland.

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The story of a kid called Tom who never had a speaking part in a school play but gets to play Billy Elliott in the West End and is now the incumbent Spider-Man. A fluke with no plans or strategy in-place whatsoever. Against the carefully laid plans of his hapless dad – a somewhat famous UK comedian who sets his own sights on Hollywood and misses badly.

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Written with pride and bemusement by a dad who enjoys seeing his son’s career soar and remains sufficiently delusional to think that his soaring days are ahead. (They’re not).

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What readers have to say

“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.”

“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.”

“Dominic Holland bravely exposes his hopes and disappointments, his talents and his frailties in a story which is ultimately redemptive in its fearless honesty and open-hearted spirit. ‘Eclipsed’ is a bitter-sweet tale of great liveliness and warmth; above all, it is profoundly human.”

“Dominic Holland bravely exposes his hopes and disappointments, his talents and his frailties in a story which is ultimately redemptive in its fearless honesty and open-hearted spirit. ‘Eclipsed’ is a bitter-sweet tale of great liveliness and warmth; above all, it is profoundly human.”

“Lift your spirits with a real-life good news story told with love, pride and joyous self-deprecating humour by a very funny dad, writer, comedian, sage, aspiring script writer & devout golfer – a man who bares his soul in this compelling roller coaster of life in the dazzling lights and shade of La La Land. A must read.”

“Lift your spirits with a real-life good news story told with love, pride and joyous self-deprecating humour by a very funny dad, writer, comedian, sage, aspiring script writer & devout golfer – a man who bares his soul in this compelling roller coaster of life in the dazzling lights and shade of La La Land. A must read.”

“This is a book like no other. Beautifully written with plenty of laughs, it draws you in to Dominic`s world as he describes his many attempts to achieve something his son Tom achieved so quickly in life. Holland snr loves his family and despite his many setbacks he still comes across as a guy who considers himself blessed at what he has and his pride is made obvious as each chapter progresses. The best book I have read for a long time.”

“This is a book like no other. Beautifully written with plenty of laughs, it draws you in to Dominic`s world as he describes his many attempts to achieve something his son Tom achieved so quickly in life. Holland snr loves his family and despite his many setbacks he still comes across as a guy who considers himself blessed at what he has and his pride is made obvious as each chapter progresses. The best book I have read for a long time.”

“I started reading with a fair degree of trepidation about how the tale was told. Would I detect bitterness and envy or would it be a cunning bit of self-promotion on the back of an offspring’s meteoric rise? I needn’t have worried. Delivered in a very honest, relaxed, and humorous style, it allows you to follow the journey of the Holland’s family life and almost feel that you are part of it. You’ll love it.”

“I started reading with a fair degree of trepidation about how the tale was told. Would I detect bitterness and envy or would it be a cunning bit of self-promotion on the back of an offspring’s meteoric rise? I needn’t have worried. Delivered in a very honest, relaxed, and humorous style, it allows you to follow the journey of the Holland’s family life and almost feel that you are part of it. You’ll love it.”

“It’s not often a book claims to be unique and actually lives up to the boast. Eclipsed does. It is a refreshing, brutally honest and funny tale with genuinely touching moments, sitting alongside those which make you laugh-out-loud, all told at pace and in language which makes you feel you’re listening to someone entertain you”

“It’s not often a book claims to be unique and actually lives up to the boast. Eclipsed does. It is a refreshing, brutally honest and funny tale with genuinely touching moments, sitting alongside those which make you laugh-out-loud, all told at pace and in language which makes you feel you’re listening to someone entertain you”

“The author’s honesty, pride and astonishment, wrapped in a blanket of humour, combine to make this a very enjoyable and uplifting read.”

“The author’s honesty, pride and astonishment, wrapped in a blanket of humour, combine to make this a very enjoyable and uplifting read.”

“Whilst the context for Eclipsed is unique to the Holland family, the themes of parental love, pride, self-esteem versus self-doubt and the sense of handing the baton on to the next generation are universal. For any parent who has ever let their child beat them in a running race in order to encourage them when they were young, only to have them sail past you leaving you panting in their wake once they come of age, this book will resonate strongly. It is funny, fast-paced, moving and uplifting in equal measure. And at the heart of the story is the belief that hope will triumph over most things.”

“Whilst the context for Eclipsed is unique to the Holland family, the themes of parental love, pride, self-esteem versus self-doubt and the sense of handing the baton on to the next generation are universal. For any parent who has ever let their child beat them in a running race in order to encourage them when they were young, only to have them sail past you leaving you panting in their wake once they come of age, this book will resonate strongly. It is funny, fast-paced, moving and uplifting in equal measure. And at the heart of the story is the belief that hope will triumph over most things.”

“This is a hugely enjoyable and compelling read that is written with great humour, warmth and brutal honesty. It shows how hard work and dedication can lead to great success and how equally luck and fortune and being in right place at the right time can open and close doors.
Above all, it is a hugely enjoyable and genuinely very funny journey that is beautifully told. I saw Dom as an excellent stand up many years ago, he has a warmth and engaging humour that comes over in spades in this book”

“This is a hugely enjoyable and compelling read that is written with great humour, warmth and brutal honesty. It shows how hard work and dedication can lead to great success and how equally luck and fortune and being in right place at the right time can open and close doors.
Above all, it is a hugely enjoyable and genuinely very funny journey that is beautifully told. I saw Dom as an excellent stand up many years ago, he has a warmth and engaging humour that comes over in spades in this book”

“Witty and painfully honest, Eclipsed is both intriguing and really funny. A great read.”

“Witty and painfully honest, Eclipsed is both intriguing and really funny. A great read.”


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