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.
The Spider Truces book. Tom Connolly’s first novel is simply a great portrait of life. 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.
It would take a day or two for it all to look familiar again. William Rutton the butcher waved. Denny’s bedroom curtains were drawn against the sunlight. Ellis saw him peer out and withdraw again. Ellis saw him peer out and withdraw again fi rained kisses on him. The stairs seemed shallower and the cottage smaller. Ellis sat beside his dad on the bed and touched his arm. Denny feigned waking and put on his glasses. His breathing was loud and slow, through his nose
The Spider Truces Paperback – 8 Apr 2010. by Tom Connolly (Author). COVENTRY TELEGRAPH 'The Spider Truces is one of those wonderful novels that captures within its pages something of the essence of life as lived
The Spider Truces Paperback – 8 Apr 2010. 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. BOOKRABBIT 'For a first novel there is much to delight.
It’s a beautiful book about whether or not you can protect someone from the bad things in life – and lays bare the fact that, in the end, in doing so you are preventing them from living life itself. There are some fantastic moments in it. At one point Ellis brings his dad a cup of tea and he writes: ‘ Hello, Ellis said, with all the apology he could invest in the word.
Ellis is a quirky soul - awkward, sensitive and with an often embarrasing habit of speaking his thoughts out loud. Between early attempts at relationships, building jobs, flat-sharing and drug-addled nights on the beach, he muddles his way towards adulthood. Family banter is Ellis' lifeline - a counterpoint to the constant heartache of his desire to know something, anything, about his mother.
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The Spider Truces is a coming-of-age novel set in rural Kent. That description would normally send me running in the opposite direction, but I was intrigued by the second thread of the book focusing on spiders. I was immediately pleased that I decided to give it a try as in the same way that The Behaviour of Moths (The Sister in the US) taught me about moths, this book proved to be a mine of interesting information about spiders.
The title of this debut novel by Tom Connolly is enigmatic, mysterious
The title of this debut novel by Tom Connolly is enigmatic, mysterious. It draws the reader in - just like a fly to a spider's web. And in fairness 'The Spider Truces' does exactly what it say on the tin as the main character, Ellis, is obsessed and terrified in equal measure, of spiders. and when you live in an old house, as the O'Rourke family does, there are plenty of spiders and other creepy crawlies about.