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Compelling new novel of stigma and secrecy from Sunday Times bestsellerIt is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for the wedding of two of its young inhabitants They're barely adults not so long out of school and still part of the same set of friends they've grown up with As the friends head home from the beach that last night before the wed. 35 starsA serious car crash occurs in the village of Mullin near Cork in 1987 On the eve of a wedding three young people are tragically killed including the bride and groom The driver Connor Hayes is relatively physically unscathed and the book explores the devastating effect it has on him his parents and sister Ellen among others The novel covers the years 1987 to 2015 and includes many of the far reaching changes to Irish society I so wanted to love this latest novel from the excellent Irish talk show host although it s fair to say that I loved two thirds of it Initially there are so many characters to get your head around it s bamboozling This does thankfully slim down as the book progresses with the main focus on Connor and Ellen It also jumps about in time which makes continuity hard although in fairness I can totally see why Graham Norton does this So what are the positives The differing effects of the crash on a small community are portrayed extremely well as are the attitudes of the time A number of characters lives are totally shattered and they are never the same again It does a really good job on demonstrating the liberalising of Irish law and attitudes towards the gay community this is a key part of the storytelling With the exception of the beginning which deals with the crash the pace is uite slow and uneven until about a third of the way through and then it most definitely ramps up There are some jaw dropping shocks especially for Ellen and the reader Her life and marriage to Martin Coulter who becomes the local doctor is very compelling reading and makes you feel a whole range of emotions for her Ellen like her brother is very likeable Martin is not I don t think it s unfair to describe him as a total jerk but I must admit I do like to have a character to loathe Connors life makes for interesting reading especially in the USA and there are moments when his story becomes very moving and poignant There is a really good coup de grace when one character mostly gets what they deserve This is a novel that examines grief and the different ways it effects people it looks at how a multitude of secrets and lies can be extremely destructive and one of the main messages is acceptance of who or what you are It s easy to read and becomes very absorbing after a while Its easy to read and becomes an absorbing story It s maybe predictable but that is not necessarily a bad thing With thanks to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the ARC for an honest review olga spessivtzeva is 1987 and a small Irish community ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! 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London by the noughties he has made 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 lifeBut 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 meet his pa. Graham Norton s Home Stretch feels really different to my last read of his a charming murder mystery from 2016 entitled Holding but is no less engaging for the reader It has elements of intriguing mystery but is at its core a tale of family love loss and grief Having grown up in a small town Catholic community granted not in Ireland there was a certain familiarity about the relationships in the novel for me Norton vividly paints a huge cast of characters but manages to keep our attention by perfectly plotting the character development of our two main narrators Connor and EllenThe story starts the day before a wedding which tragically never occurs A car is driven off the road killing three of its young passengers the driver Connor snuffing out these promising lives As a result Connor is almost banished sent away to Liverpool beginning a complex journey with his own homosexuality and how his identity can possibly align with his upbringing He leaves behind a younger sister Ellen who marries her dream man but it does not take very long for her to face the drudgery of her married existence As Connor loses touch with his family we follow him and Ellen as they grow and age spanning 1987 2019I found the relationships in this novel gripping particularly how they are explained using aptly positioned flashbacks throughout the narrative I enjoyed Norton s style in this book and how the reader has their assumptions and prejudices challenged by these characters It is an ultimately heartwarming and rich family drama which captures the essence of this Irish community I would argue this is Norton s best work yetThank you to NetGalley and the publisher who provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review La corruptrice in New York The city provides shelter and possibility for the displaced somewhere Connor can forget his past and forge a new lifeBut 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 meet his pa. Graham Norton s Home Stretch feels really different to my last read of his a charming murder mystery from 2016 entitled Holding but Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves is no less engaging for the reader It has elements of The Purpose-Guided Universe intriguing mystery but The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion is at The Academy its core a tale of family love loss and grief Having grown up Full Dark, No Stars in a small town Catholic community granted not If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, in Ireland there was a certain familiarity about the relationships 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in the novel for me Norton vividly paints a huge cast of characters but manages to keep our attention by perfectly plotting the character development of our two main narrators Connor and EllenThe story starts the day before a wedding which tragically never occurs A car La ética de la crueldad is driven off the road killing three of 3052 its young passengers the driver Connor snuffing out these promising lives As a result Connor Mercator identity can possibly align with his upbringing He leaves behind a younger sister Ellen who marries her dream man but Pasos perdidos en Granada it does not take very long for her to face the drudgery of her married existence As Connor loses touch with his family we follow him and Ellen as they grow and age spanning 1987 2019I found the relationships Suffering and no suffering in this novel gripping particularly how they are explained using aptly positioned flashbacks throughout the narrative I enjoyed Norton s style Can We Live 150 Years? in this book and how the reader has their assumptions and prejudices challenged by these characters It Robs Shiny Dumptruck is Norton s best work yetThank you to NetGalley and the publisher who provided an ARC of this book Business English in exchange for an honest review

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Ding there is a car accident Three survive the crash but three are killed And the reverberations are felt throughout the small townConnor the young driver of the car lives But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame and so he leaves the only place he knows for another life Travelling first to Liverpool then. Home Stretch is the third novel from Graham Norton I have read his previous two fiction novels and I think this is the best one yetIt s 1987 in small town in Cork in Ireland Six friends going on a trip to the beach When on the way home there is a fatal car crash and 3 of them return home The repercussions of that fatal day effect the friends and their families in the small community for the rest of their lives Connor has been blamed for that fatal day is shunned by the local community so he leaves the small town and goes to Liverpool to start a new life He decides that his family is best off without him so he decides not to contact them again Until years later when he is sitting in a bar in America he meets Finbarr who turns out to be his nephew he has never met Graham Norton is a great storyteller as like his previous novels I really enjoyed it This stories like his others are always heartfelt and warming and found realistic set in Ireland But this time we learn how prejudice people can be especially in 80 s Ireland where they think that if you are gay you will burn in hell Being gay is not natural They did not understand that love can come in many sources The story is also about reflection and life doesn t have one straight path in life This an uptown able story that everyone will love Five stars from me La ética de la crueldad is a car accident Three survive the crash but three are killed And the reverberations are felt throughout the small townConnor the young driver of the car lives But staying among the angry and the mourning 3052 is almost as hard as living with the shame and so he leaves the only place he knows for another life Travelling first to Liverpool then. Home Stretch Mercator is the best one yetIt s 1987 Pasos perdidos en Granada in small town Suffering and no suffering in Cork Can We Live 150 Years? in Ireland Six friends going on a trip to the beach When on the way home there Robs Shiny Dumptruck in the small community for the rest of their lives Connor has been blamed for that fatal day Business English is shunned by the local community so he leaves the small town and goes to Liverpool to start a new life He decides that his family Mama Glow is sitting Fire in the Sky in a bar olga spessivtzeva in America he meets Finbarr who turns out to be his nephew he has never met Graham Norton ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! is a great storyteller as like his previous novels I really enjoyed I Am Providence it This stories like his others are always heartfelt and warming and found realistic set An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, in Ireland But this time we learn how prejudice people can be especially The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob in 80 s Ireland where they think that WeVe Only Just Begun if you are gay you will burn Real Estate Mistakes in hell Being gay Computer Network Time Synchronization is not natural They did not understand that love can come Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in many sources The story Ignition is also about reflection and life doesn t have one straight path Mitologii subiective in life This an uptown able story that everyone will love Five stars from me

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  • Home Stretch
  • Graham Norton
  • English
  • 03 October 2018
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About the Author: Graham Norton

Graham William Walker is an Irish actor comedian television presenter and columnist known by his stage name Graham Norton He is the host of the comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show and the BBC commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest



10 thoughts on “Home Stretch

  1. says:

    With this his third Irish contemporary novel Graham Norton has established his reputation as a serious writer one

  2. says:

    35 starsA serious car crash occurs in the village of Mullin near Cork in 1987 On the eve of a wedding three young people are tragically killed including the bride and groom The driver Connor Hayes is relatively physically unscathed and the book explores the devastating effect it has on him his parents and sister Ellen among others The novel covers the years 1987 to 2015 and includes many of the far reaching changes to Irish society I so wa

  3. says:

    The story of a group of young friends in a small town in Cork Ireland Set in the late 80s the friends who are in their late teensearly 20s are involved in a car crash Three of them lose their lives and the apparent young driver of the

  4. says:

    I really enjoy the writing of Graham Norton both his autobiographies and recently his excellent novels His writing is so good and I have read all three of his novels and can highly recommend themThe story begins in 1987 when a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding The day before the wedding tragedy strikes when

  5. says:

    Home Stretch is the third novel from Graham Norton I have read his previous two fiction novels and I think this is the best one yetIt’s 1987 in small town in Cork in Ireland Six friends going on a trip to the beach When on the way home there is a fatal car crash and 3 of them return home The repercussions of that fatal day effect the friends and their families in the small community for the rest of their lives Connor has been blamed for

  6. says:

    Home Stretch is the third novel from BBC presenter Graham Norton and it’s an absolute triumph I’ve previously read both Holding his debut and A Keeper and enjoyed both; finding A Keeper a stronger read with a cohesive narrative than his debut and I’m delighted to say that with this third novel Norton is again impro

  7. says:

    Graham Norton's 'Home Stretch' feels really different to my last read of his a charming murder mystery from 2016 entitled 'Holding' but is no less engaging for the reader It has elements of intriguing mystery but is at its core a tale of family love loss and grief Having grown up in a small town Catholic community granted not in

  8. says:

    I read this in one sitting Having read Graham Norton’s previous books I found that he just gets better and better He definitely has the Irish tradition of storytelling in this gripping story about a small town who is shocked and changed overnight by a tragic event I found this book unputdownable it’s that good The fallout that happens as a result of this tragedy is just so familiar to me as someone who lives in sma

  9. says:

    I have read Graham Norton's previous novels and my thanks to NetGalley for giving me access to this bookOnce I started reading it I could not put it down I thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters from beginning to end The basic premise of the book is a car crash that happens in a small town in Ireland and

  10. says:

    I’ve only just found out that Graham Norton the Irish comedianTV host is also an author Did you guys know???Home Stretch is his third novel and one I suggest you get your hands on as soon as you can It’s out todayCheck out this blurb from Hachette Australia‘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 t

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