Tom Connolly The Spider Truces

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The Spider Truces

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Ellis is obsessed by the spiders that inhabit the crumbling house where he lives with his dad, his older sister and Great-aunt Mafi – and also by a need to find out more about his mother, whose death overshadows the family’s otherwise happy existence. He is a sensitive soul; awkward and out of place most of the time but funny, too, and with an embarrassing habit of speaking his thoughts aloud, whatever the company.

From early attempts at relationships, to unskilled jobs, flatshares and drug-addled nights on the beach, Ellis muddles his way towards adulthood. What endures is the strength of his bond with his dad, Denny, and his affectionate relationship with his intrepid sister, who turns up whenever he needs her – a new boyfriend in tow every time. The family banter is Ellis’s lifeline and a counterpoint to the constant heartache of his desire to know something – anything – about his mother. Meanwhile Denny, an ex-Merchant Navy man, bottles up his grief at the loss of his wife, refusing to talk about her.

Against the vividly described background of 1980s rural Kent, this moving portrait of a father-son relationship shifts effortlessly between evoking the terrors and joys of adolescence and the complicated pleasure and pain of being an adult.

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Tom Connolly is a film maker and writer. His apprenticeship was in film production, working as a runner and camera assistant, before directing award winning short films for the cinema and for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of Men Like Air.

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'Lyrical, warm and moving, this impressive debut is reminiscent of Laurie Lee.' - MEERA SYAL 'A funny, moving and quirky coming-of-age story. Hugely enjoyable.' - DEBORAH MOGGACH 'A very fine, funny and moving read.' - DAVID BADDIEL 'There were passages in this novel which made me laugh out loud and others which were extremely moving... I silently gave three cheers for Ellis when I reached the end of this book. This is a poetic, moving and evocative read.' - THE BOOKBAG 'A warm coming-of-age story that tackles family relationships, secrets, belonging and self-acceptance. Ellis's journey as he blunders through adolescence, breaks free from the shackles of childhood and finally confronts his phobia, is moving and beautiful, as are the rural and coastal settings Connolly describes so vividly.' - COVENTRY TELEGRAPH 'The Spider Truces is one of those wonderful novels that captures within its pages something of the essence of life as lived. Connolly follows Ellis through his teens and beyond, with a keen eye for the rhythms of family life and growing up. His characterisation is superb. An interview with the author at the back of the book reveals that he is working on two more novels; I very much look forward to reading them.' - BOOKRABBIT 'For a first novel there is much to delight. The lyricism and humour, as well as interesting quirks of character and event, draw you in... I could recommend the book purely for the final third, which is moving and beautifully written. Connolly has proved his prose can be exquisite and his imagination original. I will be looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.' - THE ARGUS 'Tom Connolly's debut novel has lots in common with Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie - similar rural English setting, with all the yearnings and awkwardness of turning from child to man. We follow Ellis on a classic journey through the 1970s and 1980s, laughing at his Adrian Mole-esque misunderstandings and hopelessness with the opposite sex. A lyrical, stylish and heart-warming piece of work.'- BOOKSQUAWK 'This engaging coming-of-age novel highlights how death, grief and secrets can tear a father and son apart, and how a finely spun thread of love, mutual understanding and acceptance can bring them together again.' - GUIDE2NOTTINGHAM

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