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Graham Norton’s Home Stretch, an Online Book Event
4 October, 2020 , 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm IST
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Graham Norton In Conversation with Rick O’Shea
In celebration of his new novel Home Stretch, Graham Norton will join Dublin Book Festival and Eason to discuss this new book, his writing process, and his love of literature. The ticket price of €18 includes access to this exclusive event via a custom url link and a signed copy of Home Stretch. You’ll receive your signed copy of the novel in the post as quickly as possible after its release date on 1st October. Instructions on how to view the event will be sent to all ticket holders in advance of the event on 4th October.
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 Holding, winner of the Irish Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2016:
‘Poised and perceptive’ – Sunday Times
‘Deeply accomplished … brilliantly observed’ – Good Housekeeping
‘… one of the more authentic debuts I’ve read in recent years … in such an understated manner, eschewing linguistic eccentricity … in favour of genuine characters and tender feeling … this is a fine novel’ – John Boyne, Irish Times
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.
This is a pre-recorded online Event
The Dublin Book Festival is brightening up the cool autumn evenings with weekly events from Thursday 24th September until the beginning of the festival. With podcasts, poetry readings and crime-writing classes, you won’t want to miss this jam-packed series of events!
Join us as we take a seat with guests such as Christine Dwyer Hickey, Graham Norton, Dr Marie Cassidy, and Marita Conlon-McKenna and many more to discuss their riveting new books as well as a wide variety of topics, such as the career of a state pathologist, writing historical Irish fiction and how to write a best-selling crime fiction novel.
Click here to view the full programme of events for our Autumn Series.