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Graham Norton’s Home Stretch, an Online Book Event
1 December , 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm IST
Graham Norton In Conversation with Rick O’Shea
In celebration of Graham Norton‘s recent win of the Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award at the An Post Irish Book Awards for Home Stretch, RTÉ will be airing a replay of our event with Graham in conversation with Rick O’Shea in association with Eason, this Tuesday, 1st December at 7pm!
Graham Norton’s novels Holding and A Keeper were Irish bestsellers and loved by readers everywhere. His new novel, Home Stretch begins in 1987 where 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 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.
Praise for Home Stretch, winner of the Irish Book Awards’ Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2020:
‘[A] compelling, bighearted, emotionally precise page-turner.’ – Sunday Times
‘A subtle portrait of small-town Ireland; an unblinking study of shame & homophobia; a map of cultural shifts between 1980s & now; a kind, wise, perceptive novel by an author rich in these qualities.’ David Mitchell
‘Graham Norton’s examination of small-town Irish lives continues in his deeply moving third novel. He is a magnificent writer.’ John Boyne
Rick is a broadcaster with RTÉ – currently on RTÉ Gold and presenting The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1. He has hosted the online chat show Shelf Analysis during lockdown, talking from his home to authors in their homes in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club (Ireland’s largest), chooses the quarterly Must Reads lists for Eason with author Sinéad Moriarty, and reviews books regularly on RTÉ Radio 1’s Today Show.
He has been a judge for the Costa Book Awards and judging chair for the Dalkey Literary Awards.
He hosts public author interviews at festivals across the country and has been literary curator for the Waterford Writers Weekend and UCD Festival.