Holding (Paperback)
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Holding (Paperback)

Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 18/05/2017
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The discovery of human remains in a small Irish town sends unease rippling through the community in Graham Norton’s darkly comic and brilliantly observed debut.

No one living could recall a time when it had ever looked any different. Time didn’t pass in Dundeen; it seeped away.

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 loveable characters, and explore - with searing honesty - the complexities and contradictions that make us human. A masterful debut, Holding is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781444791983
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 24 mm


'Poised and perceptive.' - Louis Wise, The Sunday Times 

'Deeply accomplished, with brilliantly observed, entertaining characters and an atmospheric setting.' - Good Housekeeping 

'Heartwarming and observant.' - Stylist 

'Strenuously charming...surprisingly tender.' - Clare Allfree, Metro 

'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.' - The Sunday Mirror 

'...charming...thoughtfully done...highly enjoyable.' - The Guardian 

'Full of emotion and tense moments. You will be gripped from the first page.' - Woman's Own 

'A considerable achievement ...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

'It is beautiful and yet devastatingly sad.' - The Daily Express

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“This mystery needs solving!”

Graham Norton has used a mixture of comedy and drama, with a complex group of characters.
Set in the small village of Duneen, the story quickly develops, as you discover more about what really happened all those... More

Hardback edition
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Emma Smith at Bedford

“Buried secrets come to light...”

I was only two pages into this when I snort laughed to myself, I knew then that I was in for a treat! The small Irish village of Duneen is pretty quiet, everyone knows everyone and the local policeman PJ Collins... More

Hardback edition
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“I loved it.”

Oh my, this is ‘so Graham Norton’. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could honestly hear Graham’s voice narrating it in my head. I love Graham Norton as a comic and TV host, and I love him even more as a novelist.... More

Hardback edition
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