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A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Graham Norton

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery

From the bestselling author of HOLDING comes another sweeping, evocative tale set on the coast of Ireland.

*** SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS ***

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'A compelling and moving story, expertly told, that will draw you in and keep you in its grip until the last page.' DAILY EXPRESS

'Magnificent ... his writing is evocative and perfect. His grasp of human loneliness and longing is beautiful and comforting.' MARIAN KEYES

'Atmospheric, creepy and impossible to put down.' the TIMES

'I raved about HOLDING two years ago ... A KEEPER is even better. A powerful, very sad story, beautiful writing, two time frames that are perfectly balanced. Outstanding. Will easily be one of my books of 2018.' JOHN BOYNE

'A gripping, thoughtful tale about the search for identity, belonging and self-possession.' OBSERVER


'Moving and darkly funny.' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

'Smart, well-written and thoroughly entertaining.' IRISH INDEPENDENT 'It's a sad and lovely book, brimful of tenderness and compassion, where the revelations of the past upturn the perceptions of the present.' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'Charming and tender, a complete joy.' SUNDAY MIRROR

'Perfectly crafted, a beautiful, gripping account of Irish memory and deceit. A terrific achievement.' ANDREW O'HAGAN

From the bestselling author of HOLDING comes a masterly tale of secrets and ill-fated loves set on the coast of Ireland.

Dear Lonely Leinster Lady,
I'm not really sure how to begin . . .

The truth drifts out to sea, riding the waves out of sight. And then the tide turns.

Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother's death, intent only on wrapping up that dismal part of her life. There is nothing here for her; she wonders if there ever was. The house of her childhood is stuffed full of useless things, her mother's presence already fading. And perhaps, had she not found the small stash of letters, the truth would never have come to light.

40 years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet but for the tireless wind that circles her as she hurries further into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.

This compelling new novel confirms Graham Norton's status as a fresh, literary voice, bringing his clear-eyed understanding of human nature and its darkest flaws.

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Praise for A Keeper: The Sunday Times Bestseller

  • A compelling and moving story, expertly told, that will draw you in and keep you in its grip until the last page. - DAILY EXPRESS

  • Magnificent ... his writing is evocative and perfect. His grasp of human loneliness and longing is beautiful and comforting.

  • Atmospheric, creepy and impossible to put down. - THE TIMES

  • I raved about Holding two years ago ... A Keeper is even better. A powerful, very sad story, beautiful writing, two time frames that are perfectly balanced. Outstanding. Will easily be one of my books of 2018.

  • A gripping, thoughtful tale about the search for identity, belonging and self-possession. - OBSERVER

  • Moving and darkly funny. - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

  • Smart, well-written and thoroughly entertaining. - IRISH INDEPENDENT

  • It's a sad and lovely book, brimful of tenderness and compassion, where the revelations of the past upturn the perceptions of the present. - SUNDAY EXPRESS

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Graham Norton

Born in 1963, Graham Norton was brought up in County Cork, Ireland. His family was Protestant in a 98% Catholic area - his father was a Guinness representative and his mother a leading member of the Mother s Union. He dropped out after a year of studying at University College in Cork, went to San Francisco where he was briefly engaged and then moved to London to join the Central School of Speech and Drama and, until his late 20s, worked as a waiter and a barman. Graham first ventured into the world of comedy in the early 90s, and was nominated for the prized Perrier award in 1997, when he also appeared as Father Noel Furlong (the happiest, clappiest, campest priest) in Father Ted . He then got his first TV break on Channel 5's 'Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment'. In May 2000, he received the Bafta award for Best Entertainment performance for 'So Graham Norton'. His current chat show, 'Very Graham Norton' is on 5 times a week and pulls in 3 million viewers every night.

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