'... 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
'It's funny and wonderfully perceptive' Wendy Holden
'Poised and perceptive' the Sunday Times
'It is beautiful and yet devastatingly sad' Daily Express
'Deeply accomplished...brilliantly observed' Good Housekeeping
'... a deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling.' Sunday Mirror
'Strenuously charming...surprisingly tender' Metro
'Heartwarming and observant' Stylist
The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste. So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke - a former love of both Brid and Evelyn - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ 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.
Darkly comic, touching and at times profoundly sad. 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.
Poised and perceptive -- Louis Wise the Sunday Times Deeply accomplished, with brilliantly observed, entertaining characters and an atmospheric setting Good Housekeeping Heartwarming and observant Stylist Strenuously charming...surprisingly tender -- Clare Allfree Metro One of the more authentic debuts I've read in recent years... A fine novel. -- John Boyne The Irish Times An undercurrent of black comedy accompanies the ripples that ensue - but with a pathos that makes this deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling. Sunday Mirror charming...thoughtfully done...highly enjoyable. the Guardian Full of emotion and tense moments. You will be gripped from the first page. Woman's Own An undercurrent of black comedy accompanies the ripples that ensue - but with a pathos that makes this deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling. Sunday Mirror
Graham Norton is one of the UK's best loved broadcasters. He presents The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, has a weekly show on BBC Radio 2, and writes a column for the Telegraph. He is the winner of eight BAFTA awards. Born in Dublin and raised in West Cork, Norton now lives in London. Holding is his first novel.