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Compelling new novel of stigma and secrecy from Sunday Times best seller.

It is 1987, and 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.

©2020 Graham Norton (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Exceptional

Graham Norton is an enviably talented author and a hugely skilled narrator. Each book is better than the last.

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Very enjoyable read it in a day

Very enjoyable read. Moves through the years nicely and Graham reads it beautifully. I was holding for some justice at the end but it was more true to life that life goes on even when one's are lost tragically.

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The Best

I absolutely love Graham’s books.
He is such a natural author and his narration is excellent
Sorry to have finished this.
Would highly recommend

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Best yet

Although some of the story is predictable it’s the best of the 3 yet and really holds your interest and attention. Looking forward to book number 4!

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Great Storytelling

thoroughly enjoyable,
Graham was great to listen to.
a good twist. I loved it. Enjoy!

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Graham Norton -fab!

Loved every chapter and Graham narrating made the whole story come to life - finished over two days could not put down - highly recommend

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Yet another smash

Third of the Graham Norton books I’ve read think this might be my favourite...a little predictable but still smashing

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Negative portrayal of women

I’m no feminist but there isn’t a decent portrayal of any woman n this book. Most of the women are depicted as a bit silly snd certainly not very smart , intelligent or admirable. Perhaps it’s to do with Graham Norton s narration but ’m Irish and of that era and I don’t recognize these characters as being typical . Generally love Graham Norton on TV though.

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Brilliant

I loved the book even though it is not my usual listening material
Made so much more pleasurable as it was read by Graham Norton himself - his Irish accents for the various characters was excellent & made me chuckle at times - when if his next book due ?

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Wonderfully Wise

A beautiful read! Such a clever book , that moves a great pace. Story telling at its best.

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  • Robyn
  • 02-11-20

Wonderful book

I really enjoyed Graham Norton’s novels before this one, but this exceeded even those. It’s a beautiful portrayal of families, Ireland, loneliness and belonging, none of which is overdone or melodramatic. Norton is an excellent narrator, and the characters were flawed but relatable, navigating a realistic story throughout generations of change. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-20

I’m 57 and a Aussie and loved the story

I’m 57 and a Aussie and loved the story
Good story to get lost in and relaxed

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  • Berit
  • 15-01-21

Stunning!

Oh how I cried! A tragic yet moving story that keeps you wanting. Bravo Graham, Bravo!