Graham Norton's debut novel HOLDING was a Sunday Times bestseller and loved by readers everywhere. His new novel, A KEEPER, is a twisted tale of secrets and ill-fated loves that once again demonstrates Norton's understanding of human nature and all its darkest flaws.
The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation.
Her mother Patricia had been assumed a spinster, until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town, and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new baby in her arms, but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave.
Now, as Elizabeth returns to the village after her mother's funeral, bringing with her her own regrets and wounds, she finds a thin pile of ribbon-bound letters at the back of a wardrobe that may at last hold the key to her past:
Dear Lonely Leinster Lady,
I'm not really sure how to begin...
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
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This is further proof of Graham Norton’s seemingly unending talents. His second novel A Keeper is the sort of dazzling mystery you hoover up in one sitting: full of mysterious characters with dark secrets, beautifully subtle writing and twists you can’t wait to uncover. Thanks to Norton’s warm, evocative narration and sharp humour, the audiobook version provides further delights. He tells the story of Elizabeth Keane, a New York university lecturer separated from her husband who returns to Ireland after the death of her mother. After discovering a small bundle of letters, Elizabeth is put on a dangerous path to the truth about her family. An audiobook you’ll treasure.