he is a literary imagining of the life of the great comedian Stan Laurel, and a unique look at the golden age of Hollywood and the artistic compromises required by success. The novel was published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Ireland in August 2017, and in North America by Quercus in May 2018.
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he is a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . .
And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.
he is Stan Laurel.
But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.
he recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel & Hardy.
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, August 2017, ISBN: 9781473663626
Praise for he
"Laurel's character rings true, other characters are equally well drawn. Connolly lifts the facade of stage and film persona to reveal the heart and soul of the man, deftly written with compassion and empathy . . . Rarely will genuine memoir be so candid but we would understand writers better if they were. I loved this book and thoroughly recommend it."
'Connolly tells his story in an utterly compelling manner.'
- Irish Independent