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I have a very special guest indeed today. I must be just a tad star-struck, too! The one and only Dominic Holland is here to introduce his latest e-book release,
A Man’s Life. Read on for Dominic’s story about the book, the blurb and the giveaway! Take it away, Dominic….
A Man’s Life
Guest post by Dominic Holland
We don’t really get to choose the events that form and shape us. They just happen. Episodes and incidents that remain with us for our entire lives.
One such event in my life came when I was being bullied at school and a boy I barely knew came to my rescue. He was older than me and I can remember that he was enormous.
I was incredibly grateful but cannot recall saying thank you at the time and the whole incident has remained with me and has come to inspire my latest novel, A Man’s Life. A story that that has taken thirty years to gestate and a book that has taken seven years to write.
I have long thought that my encounter with the ‘enormous’ rescuer would be a great starting place for a story. A story of how these boys are brought back together again some thirty years later and the impact that they have on each other as adults. An innocuous school encounter then that would reunite them and change each of their lives forever.
This idea excited me and I began plotting my novel. Other factors and experiences in my life leant themselves easily and quite soon, I was ready to begin.
A year or so in to writing (I won’t go in to why the book took me so long to complete) I was contacted over the internet by guess who?
The very same boy – now a man – who had come to my rescue. Given the story that I was writing, you can imagine my excitement at hearing from him. It was fate obviously and a sign that my book was meant to be. I tend to romanticise a lot as readers of any of my books will testify to.
The man explained that he had been at school with me but that I wouldn’t remember him. He was contacting me because he wanted me to come and do a show in his village hall as a fund raiser. Of course I agreed.
I couldn’t wait to tell him about the novel I was writing and I was even more excited when he explained that he had no recollection of the bullying incident at all.
An incident that had resonated and stayed with me – and for him, it was nothing.
I was thrilled to meet him again and we have stayed in touch. This chance re-encounter was a good omen for my novel. Without question, it was destined to become a sensational international best seller…
The book is now finished and is the closest thing I have written to a biography – with the exception of my latest book – how Tom Holland eclipsed his dad – a story that is entirely true and completely based on my actual life.
A Man’s Life is yet to become an international sensation, but I remain ever hopeful.
Sometimes in life, things happen for a reason. Little things. Tiny things that appear innocuous and incidental at the time but can go on to have life changing consequences. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. A Man’s Life is a heart rending novel that draws on this theme. Break-time at St. Edmunds School in 1970 and Tom Harper is a twelve year kid being picked on by a bully. An everyday scenario played out thousands of times all over the country and indeed the world. Paddy Porter is an older boy who knows neither of the boys involved but he senses the mismatch and he settles the dispute. It is not something he has ever done before but the moment takes him and in doing so, he changes both of their lives. The bully backs down and life goes on. Tom and Paddy connect only with a glance. Tom is embarrassed and can only shrug his thanks and they part. No words exchanged and yet in this moment, these two boys are irrevocably linked. A fleeting moment that some thirty years later will set in motion events that will save and complete each of their lives. In 2013, Tom is a broken man. A bereavement renders his wealth and success utterly meaningless and he cannot recover. Prostrate with grief and in hospital, Tom’s memory releases the forgotten incident in the playground and his encounter with Paddy. He feels compelled to revisit the Birmingham suburb where he grew up and see what ever became of the big boy who had rescued him. And so an unlikely friendship ensues which has a beautiful synergy. Paddy too is a man in great need and he is unable to solve his crisis alone. Unbeknownst to them both, what each man needs is precisely what the other has to give.
A Man’s Life is a novel that affirms life. A heart rending love story that will move readers from tears to laughter and to joy. A book that celebrates the human spirit and values love and kinship above all else. Holland has made his living by observing human nature. He makes people laugh by reflecting our lives in his own. This is his first novel in ten years but this story and its gestation has occupied much of this decade. It could not be written quickly. Based on a series of real events in his own life, it is a story that needed to evolve. A Man’s Life has been a long time coming but it has been worth the wait. A beautiful story of love and loss, Holland shines a brilliant light on human nature. Our vulnerability and our impotence and our need for other people and their love to complete us as human beings.
Dominic Holland has been a professional stand-up comedian for over 20 years and has become one of the most regarded and respected comedians of his generation.
‘The UK’s master of observational comedy,’ The Sunday Times.
‘A top notch stand-up who everyone should see,’ The Daily Telegraph
But Dominic’s favourite quote comes from the late Bob Monkhouse – ‘Dominic Holland is the UK’s funniest not-yet-famous comedian.’ Rest assured Bob, Dominic is still working hard on the becoming properly famous bit.
He has just published his third novel, ‘A Man’s Life’ as an ebook and his first non-fiction ebook – ‘How Tom Holland Eclipsed his Dad.’
Dominic has made countless TV appearances including The Royal Variety Performance, recorded an award winning radio series for BBC R4. Twice honoured at the Edinburgh Festival by the Perrier panel. Won a comic heritage award and published two comic novels and a raft of short stories.
Dominic is a regular panellist on the UK daytime debate show The Wright Stuff.
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Thank you for visiting, Dominic, it’s been a pleasure to host you!
Here’s wishing you every success and hoping that A Man’s Life turns into an international sensation par excellence! XX
Love things like this … serendipity 🙂 There is no such thing as a coincidence hahaha
No indeed! Life works in weird and wonderful ways. Thanks for commenting, Shaz!
Thanks for hosting Dominic! Love this post 🙂
Thanks for inviting me to take part! 🙂
Great story and so often not that unusual but wonderful you met up and it is a sign! Amazing what an impact one person can make on such a young life which carries through to adulthood and shapes our lives in so many ways. Enjoyed this. Good luck and many happy reunions. 🙂
Thanks so much for visiting, Jane. I completely agree ~ the ‘random’ encounters that can alter the course of our lives… And the other person probably not even understanding the impact they’ve had. Makes you think, doesn’t it? So happy you enjoyed Dominic’s post, and thanks for stopping by. 🙂
THANKS for having Dominic here today. Bullying is a topic which has become prevalent in literature, especially in children’s literature; and which is something that doesn’t necessary have to come in a physical form. In my first YA Paranormal romance novel “I Kissed a Ghost” Mary who had just moved to her new home when her father had gotten a promotion on his job is constantly being teased [tormented] by her classmates for living in a haunted house, and no one seems to be interested in becoming her friend. They eventually do become her friends by the end of the story [little spoiler].
Just has in Dominic’s Tom needed Paddy to come and stand by him, Mary needed George, the ghost living in her house. We all need someone to come and stand by us, and help us overcome what is bothering us and becomes something which have an impact on our lives. It doesn’t matter if it’s a man/woman, two women or even two men; if we get someone, we can move forward.
With that, as is my custom, I’d like to leave a song which goes all the way back when I’d been only about 10 years old which I feel expresses this feeling in both of our books.
I hope you, Dominic, and everyone else will enjoy listening to it:
I love this song ~ excellent choice, Robin, as always. I’m really happy to hear that Dominic’s post resonated with you and the theme of your book. Bullying is still something that can be all too easily ignored or swept under the carpet! Thanks for your time and for visiting today, Robin. X
You’re quite welcomed as always. I aim to please. 🙂
Reblogged this on mypennameonly and commented:
Since I’ll got nothing really to report, I thought everyone might be interested in this
Thanks so much, Robin ~ I’m delighted that you shared this feature with your readers!
Thanks for leaving a comment for Dominic, Anneli! X
okay – I am new to this sharing blog posts – but I am very grateful to Toni for her help and of course the people agreeing to carry my story. It is a book I have loved writing but being my first foray in to self-publishing, it has been a steep learning curve – and a curve that I am finding very long – albeit enjoyable as well. Thanks all
Dominic, hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying “hi”. I think everyone here will ‘hear’ you regarding the whole being-new-to-blogging thing! 🙂 It’s a fabulous post and a great-sounding story, and I think all your visitors have enjoyed meeting you greatly. Bear in mind that for every comment you see, there’ll have been plenty of clicks and visitors who’ve looked you up without necessarily having the time to comment… and there’s the beauty of blogging: word gets out! Congratulations on an awesome launch, and I agree, thanks to Toni for all her support to authors and bloggers. Rock on!