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Home Stretch - Graham Norton

Home Stretch - Graham Norton
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Title: Home Stretch

Author:  Graham Norton

ISBN:  9781473665187

Weight:  927g

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Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Shame and longing can flow through generations, but the secrets of the heart will not be buried for ever.

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 the beach.  There is an accident.  Three survive, but three are killed.

The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them are felt throughout the small town.  Connor is one of the survivors.  But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame of having been the driver.  He leaves the only place he knows for another life, taking his secrets with him.  Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, he makes 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 confront his past.

Graham Norton’s powerful and timely novel of emigration and return demonstrates his keen understanding of the power of stigma and secrecy – with devastating results.

Peer & Press Reviews

Graham Norton’s examination of small-town Irish lives continues in his deeply moving third novel.  He is a magnificent writer.

John Boyne

Beautifully written, warm-hearted, moving and pacy, this family saga is Norton’s most ambitious and best yet.

Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

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

Bibliographic Info

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Title Home Stretch
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the title page
(Printed on this page is the title, and the name of the author.)
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes An Post Irish Book Awards 2020 – winner (pop. fiction award)
Book Stats
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint Coronet
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781473665187
ISBN 10 1473665183
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 359
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 163 x 36mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Sophia Spring © Hodder & Stoughton
Jacket illustration Tom Haugomat

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