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A Keeper

By: Graham Norton
Narrated by: Graham Norton
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the National Book Awards

Graham Norton's debut novel, Holding, was a Sunday Times best seller and loved everywhere. His new novel, A Keeper, is a twisted tale of secrets and ill-fated loves that once again demonstrates Norton's understanding of human nature and all its darkest flaws. 

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation. Her mother, Patricia, had been assumed a spinster until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. 

Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new baby in her arms but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave. 

Now, as Elizabeth returns to the village after her mother's funeral, bringing with her her own regrets and wounds, she finds a thin pile of ribbon-bound letters at the back of a wardrobe that may at last hold the key to her past: 

Dear Lonely Leinster Lady,
I'm not really sure how to begin.... 

©2018 Graham Norton (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Holding, winner of the Irish Book Awards' Book of the Year 2016: "Poised and perceptive." (Sunday Times)

"A deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling." (Sunday Mirror)

"Deeply accomplished...brilliantly observed." (Good Housekeeping)

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A Keeper

I loved this book. Thought the narration was spot on. Happy to recomend to others.

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Another winner from Graham

Fantastic characters and dialogue. The story turns bleak as we find out the history behind Elizabeth’s birth and her father’s circumstances make it almost impossible not to forgive him for his part in the events.

The end was a bit sentimental for my taste but perhaps most people will think it brought things together well across the three generations.

The decision to have Graham narrate his own work has again paid off as he brings such life to all the characters he creates.

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A Keeper in name and in action.

Beautifully written book and the narration was great. This is a very gentle book but with quite a dark story if that makes any sense at all. It’s not a book that you can write anything about without giving away the plot. Let’s just keep it to it’s an enjoyable way to spend 8 hrs.

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Nothing like I expected, wonderful

Wonderful, loved all the characters and felt like I was back in Ireland with his fabulous storyline

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very enjoyable

loved it , accents and narration great, kept my interest the whole book. surprisingly a lot better than I was expecting

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Lovely story

Graham's words just flow. It was a touching story. I felt like I was in Ireland.

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persevere, it's worth it!

After a few attempts to start I started again during a quiet time with no distractions. Once I got the characters in my head the story took off and I loved the twists and turns, the settings, the humour and the tale. Beautifully performed and very entertaining.

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Keeper worth keeping

I just loved this book and went scurrying to find others by Graham.
I mean, who knew?....I was a bit reluctant being a book by a 'personality' - but he is a wonderful writer, narrator, storyteller....and comedian, and TV host, and vigneron, and probably a great all-round bloke as well.

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Loved it

I became addicted to listening to this book. Being a fan of graham norton, it was a delight to listen to me and the story was great.
I’ve since downloaded another of his books and I’m trying to save that to listen to on my 20 hr flight to the UK.

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Page turner

I listened to this audio book in my car, wanting to get stuck in morning traffic. Beautifully written and read.

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