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To celebrate the October release of his new novel Home Stretch, The Dublin Book Festival and Eason are delighted to welcome Graham Norton to our online book event. Join Graham Norton in conversation with Rick O’Shea, to discuss his new novel, his writing process, and his love of literature.
This exclusive event will take place with a link sent to all ticket holders in advance of the event on Oct 4th. The ticket price includes a signed copy of Home Stretch.
Graham Norton's novels Holding and A Keeper were an Irish bestsellers and loved by readers everywhere. His new novel, Home Stretch begins in 1987 where a small Irish community is preparing for the wedding of two of its young inhabitants. They're barely adults, not so long out of school and still part of the same set of friends they've grown up with. As the friends head home from the beach that last night before the wedding, there is a car accident. Three survive the crash but three are killed. And the reverberations are felt throughout the small town.
Connor, the young driver of the car, lives. But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame, and so he leaves the only place he knows for another life. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, by the noughties he has made a home - of sorts - for himself in New York. The city provides shelter and possibility for the displaced, somewhere Connor can forget his past and forge a new life.
But the secrets, the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind will not be silenced. And before long, Connor will have to meet his past.
Praise for Holding, winner of the Irish Book Awards' Book of the Year 2016:
'Poised and perceptive' - Sunday Times
'Deeply accomplished ... brilliantly observed' - Good Housekeeping
'... 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
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