Graham Norton’s novel explores a tragedy in rural Ireland

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Irish chat king Graham Norton has taken a serious turn with his new novel, Home Stretch.

The presenter was delighted to have finally completed his latest work, and took to social media to share the news with his fans.

Graham Norton's novel is complete and his most personal work

Norton posted: “Now what do I do? #lockdown #newbook #homestretch.”

Norton explained that Home Stretch is set in rural Ireland in 1987 and features the preparations for a wedding of two of the town’s young people.

The description of the book states: “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 wedding, there is a car accident. Three survive the crash but three are killed. And the reverberations are felt throughout the small town.

“Connor, 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 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 life.

“But 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 past.”

Speaking back in February, Norton revealed that Home Stretch is his most personal work to date, and he wasn’t sure if his ambition of writing a novel would ever be fulfilled.

He said: “Like many, I had always wanted to write a novel, but quietly assumed it would remain an unrealised ambition. I am, therefore, both astonished and delighted to find myself talking about my third book.

“Home Stretch is my most personal story to date and I look forward to readers meeting these new characters. The choices we make as young people can have long lasting consequences, sometimes unexpected, and often devastating. Home Stretch is a book that begins with a catastrophic accident. Three people survive, but are they really the lucky ones?”

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