A Novel

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"From Graham Norton, the BAFTA-award-winning Irish television host and author of the "sparkling and impish" (Daily Mail) memoirs The Life and Loves of a He Devil and So Me, comes a charming debut novel set in an idyllic Irish village where a bumbling investigator has to sort through decades of gossip and secrets to solve a mysterious crime. The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke--a former lover of two different inhabitants--the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins 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. In this darkly comic, touching, and at times heartbreaking novel, perfect for fans of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of lovable characters, and explore--with searing honesty--the complexities and contradictions that make us human"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2017.
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781501173264
Branch Call Number: Fic Nort
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 24, 2020

Quite an entertaining read.

Oct 03, 2019

This was Norton's 1st stand alone novel. The mystery had some good twists and turns, and had I read this prior to reading his 2nd stand alone novel, "A Keeper", I likely would have given this one a full 5 stars. However, not only was "A Keeper" written much better, the characters in "A Keeper" were far more engaging. Although several reviewers felt that "A Keeper" was depressing, I felt that "A Keeper" had contained more hope in it than "Holding" did. If you enjoy Irish literature, these are both good books to read.

JessicaGma Jan 03, 2019

It's a fun cozy mystery where the studies of the people living in the small town are well done. As many have said, PJ Collins is great. A lovely little tale.

Nov 04, 2018

Graham Norton is a great talk show host, and Holding, his first non-fiction book, should be the first title in the career of a great novelist.

Against the background of what appears to be a murder/mystery, the inhabitants of a small Irish town live (and often re-live) their messy personal lives and relationships. Norton keeps the reader guessing about which plot detail belongs to which character, and the obvious ones are just as enjoyable as the surprising ones.

The story is by turns funny and sad, uplifting and depressing, and as weird and as normal as the life of any community should be. Norton depicts his main characters in all their warts and glory.

Highly recommended. I hope that Graham's employers will let him make a mini-series out of it.

Aug 23, 2018

A pleasant enough foray by the funny BBC late-night host. It's more a human study than a real mystery and that atmosphere of Irish malaise is well crafted by Norton. Not excellent but above average.

Apr 27, 2018

Graham Norton really did all of his characters well & he is able to get to the point as well. Very witty. Bones are found buried at a farm site, they are from 25yrs ago. So over weight sergeant PJ Collins the only police in the village has to find out what happened.

Feb 28, 2018

So good. I'm a fan of Graham Norton's witty TV show, but was surprised to see just how well this novel is written.

Feb 12, 2018

Great character development but the story line didn't really hold my attention. I kept finding myself setting this book aside to read others.

Oct 16, 2017

Like so many, I know Graham Norton as a TV interviewer from Youtube. I was willing to take a look and was very surprised. From the first page he had created an interesting character that was followed by a village that entertained me. He showed all of his characters as normal people with many failings rising enough to just muddle through their lives to the end of the story. For me most enjoyable.

Oct 10, 2017

You can really see Norton's understanding of people, in less than a page he can reveal so much about a person. At first I thought this was going to be another book for people who faint at a little sex or a few curse words, but nope. Also I have zero clue what the title is about, but I think it added to an ending I didn't expect, so maybe that's for the best.

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