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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
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Title: Spider Truces, The
Author(s): Tom Connolly
ISBN: 0-9562515-2-8 / 978-0-9562515-2-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: 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
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Title: The Spider Truces
Author(s): Tom Connolly
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


November 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Spider Truces
Author(s): Tom Connolly
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


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


Kindle Editions

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


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



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