Graham Norton's masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.
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 loveable characters and explore - with searing honesty - the complexities and contradictions that make us human.
©2016 Graham Norton (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Enjoyed this book nice simple story with characters you can't but like. The narrator done a good job you really can't but see them while listening.
Enjoyed the story, easy to listen to, Graham Norton narrates it well, when writing it he obviously thought about how his characters would sound. Could see the story unfolding so not exactly kept guessing, but was good to see how it came together.
What a surprisingly enjoyable book - it's always interesting to see if well known performers can do more than one thing, but like reading the wonderful Dawn French books, Graham Norton definitely can!
I wasn't sure if him reading his own book would work when he's normally so funny, but this was very enjoyable. I did guess the twist before the end, but it didn't spoil the enjoyment. There was such a wonderful description of the people and scenery, I felt as though I was there. Also such a lovely subtle range of voices. I will definitely look out for his next book.
I liked the story which unfolded gradually but carefully so you couldn't quite guess what was coming up. I liked the delicate and emphatic depictions of female emotions from young to old. I liked the down to earth setting and raw reality without pathos. I didn't like Graham Norton reading it himself as it always sounded like he was being funny, flippant and sarcastic like he is on his radio and tv shows. It would have given it far more gravitas to be read by someone expert in audible books. I would still recommend the book to anyone of any age as it covers a wide experience of life. That's why I've given it an overall score of 4 stars.
A book narrated by it author is always more enjoyable I find as every nuance of the written word is carried in the spoken voice.
A remarkable twist on an old crime when bones are discovered and the establishment and conventions of a small, remote village in Ireland are turn upside down. Centre to this are the local policeman and the women of Duneen star.
It feels like you have become part of the community and unable to distinguish between fact and fiction, gossip and tall stories. What is more certain is the quality of Norton's storytelling and approach to fiction that although dark is brighten by the humour that also touches our lives.
loved this tale of a small Irish village , Graham 's narration is perfect. He has caught the character of village life, evreyone has a secret, so many lives entangled together through time, but each one only knowing their part of the jigsaw. I listened to this over a couple of days and really didn't want it to end.
I know the area of Ireland where the book is set so this gave added pleasure to my listening. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to listen to Graham telling you a good yarn.
I didn't know what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. A single sitting read! I found I cared so much about what was happening, I didn't want to stop listening.
Books read my their authors always seem to me to be the best performed and this was no exception. Graham's pace and understanding were flawless. I recommend the novel and in particular thus performance if it. I enjoyed it immensely.
This book had such good reviews but I just couldn't get on with it. It's read in a sing-song voice which left me losing concentration.
Had my credit returned
Having Graham Norton read his own work made this special. He has a wonderful voice for narration.
His Irish accent - it made the characters really come alive.
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