Tom Holland loses and I'm thrilled...


One of the problems with writing a non-fiction book is that very quickly it becomes out of date. Such is the case with Eclipsed after last nights Empire Awards in London. Tom was nominated in the category - Best Newcomer - which oddly he has already won and three years ago! 

Anyway, amongst others, up against Tom this year is Dave Johns - a mate of mine of old. Dave is a stand-up comic and leading actor in the much acclaimed film, I, Daniel Blake. At 60 plus, Dave could reasonably have been nominated in a new category ‘best latecomer’.

Dave is affectionately remembered in Eclipsed - to demonstrate the importance of perseverance. In the the book, I share an anecdote about the last time Dave and I gigged together and he suffered the ignominy of having a pint of beer thrown at him.

Last night, Dave Johns beat Tom Holland to win the Empire Award - so who is laughing now.

So, technically speaking, Tom Holland is a loser - and yet this is a good result all round. 

Well done Dave.