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Holding

Graham Norton

8 Reviews

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

Graham Norton's masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.

'... one of the more authentic debuts I've read in recent years ... in such an understated manner, eschewing linguistic eccentricity ... in favour of genuine characters and tender feeling...this is a fine novel.' John Boyne, Irish Times

'It's funny and wonderfully perceptive' Wendy Holden

'Poised and perceptive' the Sunday Times

'It is beautiful and yet devastatingly sad' Daily Express

'Deeply accomplished...brilliantly observed' Good Housekeeping

'... a deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling.' Sunday Mirror

'Strenuously charming...surprisingly tender' Metro 'Heartwarming and observant' Stylist

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste. So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke - a former love of both Brid and Evelyn - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.
Darkly comic, touching and at times profoundly sad. Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of lovable characters, and explore - with searing honesty - the complexities and contradictions that make us human.

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Praise for Holding

  • Poised and perceptive - the Sunday Times

  • Deeply accomplished, with brilliantly observed, entertaining characters and an atmospheric setting - Good Housekeeping

  • Heartwarming and observant - Stylist

  • One of the more authentic debuts I've read in recent years... A fine novel. - The Irish Times

  • An undercurrent of black comedy accompanies the ripples that ensue - but with a pathos that makes this deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling. - Sunday Mirror

  • It's strenuously charming...surprisingly tender. - Metro

  • charming ...thoughtfully done... highly enjoyable. - Guardian

  • Full of emotion and tense moments. You will be gripped from the first page. - Woman's Own

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Elizabeth Meany | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 4)

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Evelyn Ross | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 5)

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Mrs O'Driscoll | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 6)

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PJ Collins | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 7)

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Abigail Ross | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 1)

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Brid Riordan | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 2)

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Duneen | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 3)

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Elizabeth Meany | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 4)

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PJ Collins | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 7)

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Duneen | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 3)

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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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