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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 Holding, winner of the Irish Book Awards' Book of the Year 2016
'Poised and perceptive' Sunday Times
'... a deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling' Sunday Mirror
'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
'It is beautiful and yet devastatingly sad' Daily Express
'Strenuously charming ... surprisingly tender' Metro
'Heartwarming and observant' Stylist
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Graham Norton’s wit and playfulness have made him a national treasure as a DJ and talk-show host. However the comedian’s dazzling fiction writing has a darker edge. His second novel takes us to Ireland, where New York-based lecturer Elizabeth Keane attends her mother’s funeral and stumbles upon unsettling family secrets. Travelling between the past and present, the novel’s chapters present an achingly moving portrait of a mother’s love and resilience. Norton fills each page with intrigue, transporting us to fictional Muirinish and Buncarragh with his evocative prose of the wild surroundings and secrets of the mysterious Castle House.
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Graham, I’m in Florida on a Christmas and New year break with my in-laws . My American husband’s ancestors were all from Cork!! I’m so thrilled I got time to read your second book . I couldn’t put it down . Well done I’m sad it’s finished 😭. Get working on number three.
I great easy read with characters u love or hate but they always surprise.... Graham is a true storyteller making it a pleasure to read !