Publication Date: 01/10/2020 ISBN: 9781473665187 Category:

Home Stretch

Graham Norton

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 01/10/2020 ISBN: 9781473665187 Category:
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‘[A] compelling, bighearted, emotionally precise page-turner.’ THE SUNDAY TIMES

‘Beautiful and heartbreaking.’ PANDORA SYKES

‘A real page-turner, the kind of warmth and magical storytelling that puts me in mind of the late, great Maeve Binchy… a writer of real strength and talent.’ LORRAINE KELLY, ITV

‘intelligent and tenderly observed’ THE TIMES

‘This is a consuming story […] delivering confident, considered truths’ – IRISH SUNDAY TIMES

‘Full of heart and humanity and I loved every single page. What a storyteller!’ ELIZABETH DAY

‘a thoughtful examination of sexual identity, shame, and the impact of collective grief’ OBSERVER

‘Graham Norton’s new novel has me in floods… His gift for characterisation is positively Binchy-esque! Such nuance and warmth! It’s GORGEOUS’ MARIAN KEYES

‘I loved HOME STRETCH … one of those books that stays with you so long after you’ve finished it’ NIGELLA LAWSON

‘A subtle portrait of small-town Ireland; an unblinking study of shame & homophobia; a map of cultural shifts between 1980s & now; a kind, wise, perceptive novel by an author rich in these qualities.’ DAVID MITCHELL

‘Beautifully written. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy read. Utterly fantastic.’ LIZ NUGENT

‘Graham Norton’s examination of small-town Irish lives continues in his deeply moving third novel. He is a magnificent writer.’ JOHN BOYNE

‘[Graham Norton is a] king of the page turners… A total triumph’ ANNE GRIFFIN

‘What right has such a successful entertainer to write a novel as good as this?’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Home Stretch is a wonderful display’ – IRISH TIMES WEEKEND

‘This book goes down a treat […] A welcome feat of the imagination. Highly recommended.’ – BUSINESS POST

‘His most accomplished and thoughtful [novel] yet’ – RTE GUIDE

Shame and longing can flow through generations, but the secrets of the heart will not be buried for ever.

It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony a group of young friends, including bride and groom, drive out to the beach. There is an accident. Three survive, but three are killed.

The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them are felt throughout the small town. Connor is one of the survivors. But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame of having been the driver. He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, he makes 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 confront his past.

Graham Norton’s powerful and timely novel of emigration and return demonstrates his keen understanding of the power of stigma and secrecy – with devastating results.

Publisher Review

Atmospheric, creepy and impossible to put down. - The Times 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 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

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