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Jul 13, 2021

In this episode, Graham discusses his new book Home Stretch: A Novel about a small-town tragedy that reverberates throughout the lives of those involved and how shame and longing can become a legacy.

It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony, a group of young friends, including the bride and groom, drive out to the beach. There is an accident. Three survive, but three are killed. In Home Stretch, Norton expertly explores the power of stigma and secrecy, and their devastating effect on ordinary lives through generations.

Graham Norton is one of UK’s best-loved broadcasters of the acclaimed television show The Graham Norton Show, winner of eight BAFTA awards, a Sunday Times bestseller and winner of An Post Irish Book Award. He is also an award winning author of the novels Holding and A Keeper.

Holding was a New York Times bestseller and won Norton the Irish Independent Popular Fiction award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards in 2016. Most recently, he began a weekend show on Virgin Radio and writes a column for The Telegraph.

Moderated by Ronan Harris,

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