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The Spider Truces

(2010)
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Against the vividly described background of 1980s rural Kent, this moving portrait of a father-son relationship shifts effortlessly between evoking utterly convincingly the terrors and joys of adolescence and the complicated pleasure and pain of becoming an adult. 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. Ellis a quirky soul; awkward and sensitive, out of place most of the time, funny, and with an often embarrassing habit of speaking his thoughts aloud, whatever the company. From early attempts at relationships, to building 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 and his affectionate relationship with his intrepid sister, Chrissie, who turns up whenever he needs her - a new boyfriend in tow every time - to take the piss out of her introspective and hapless brother. Meanwhile their dad, Denny, an ex-Merchant Navy man, bottles up his grief at the loss of his wife, refusing to talk about her. The family banter is Ellis' lifeline and a counterpoint to the constant heartache of his desire to know something - anything - about his mother.

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Paperback Editions

April 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Spider Truces, The
Author(s): Tom Connolly
ISBN: 0-9562515-2-8 / 978-0-9562515-2-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Myriad Editions
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Spider Truces
Author(s): Tom Connolly
ISBN: 1-5226-4199-8 / 978-1-5226-4199-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Spider Truces
Author(s): Tom Connolly
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

November 2015 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Spider Truces
Author(s): Tom Connolly
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

June 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Spider Truces
Author(s): Tom Connolly
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Spider Truces
Author(s): Tom Connolly
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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