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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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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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Duneen | Graham Norton Reads from Holding (Part 3)

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Graham Norton

Graham Norton is one of the UK's most treasured comedians and presenters. Born in Clondalkin, a suburb of Dublin, Norton's first big TV appearance was as Father Noel Furlong on Channel 4's Father Ted in the early 1990s. He then secured a prime time slot on Channel 4 with his chat shows So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton.

Known for his quick wit Graham began hosting a variety of talent shows on BBC One from Strictly Dance Fever and Andrew Lloyd Webber's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? to The Eurovision Song Contest and BAFTAs. Graham was soon approached by the BBC to front his own self-titled chat show The Graham Norton Show in 2007.

Graham Norton has won 9 BAFTAs for Best Entertainment Performance, and Best Entertainment Programme. He presents The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, a show on BBC Radio 2 every Saturday, and is a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK. Norton won the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards in 2017.

Graham's third novel will be published in hardback, eBook, and audiobook in October.

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