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Home Stretch

Narrated by: Graham Norton
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Outstanding.

Graham Norton is beloved as a TV presenter but, having now read all his books, I think it is fair to say he should be first and foremost commended as an author. This book is an intricate mix of drama, tragedy, comedy and also offers an insightful commentary on the politics and attitudes about sexuality over generations. The book itself is intelligently constructed with the tale being told from multiple perspectives over different time periods, working back in a way which could be confusing but isn’t. A master storyteller, Norton narrates this book himself and what a treat it is to listen to. Every nuance is perfectly captured, every emotion is presented in a sincere and credible way. I grew up in the 1980s and remember well the attitudes and behaviours towards gay people. I remember the terrible discrimination against people with AIDS. I think we still have a long way to go but this book celebrates the progress we have made while also reflecting on the price many people paid to get us here.

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Great story and characters

Enjoyable tale, funny, sad and warm. Loved the great, real feeling characters. Could picture them all.

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Great

Love this story, all the better for being read by Graham. Great to listen to whilst walking my dog.

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Great storyteller with all the right accents!

I might have watched a similar story unfold in my hometown in 80's Eire.

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  • Meg
  • 26-10-2020

Fabulous!

Another beauty from a magical story teller with the added bonus of himself narrating. I have listened to all Graham Norton's books and hope there will be more.

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Graham’s books get better and better

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book on Audible. It was warm, sad and funny. I loved the accents - it was like being there! Can’t wait for the next book.

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Interesting characters

Didn't like the subject matter, but still an enjoyable read. Have liked all of Graham's novels so far. Especially like his narration.

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book three

Another of Graham's delightful stories, loved it A little slow at the beginning and I had trouble working out who was who because of the flashback but eventually did. Graham's voice is a pleasure to listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-2020

Exceptional

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

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  • Mrs kelly
  • 02-10-2020

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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  • Colin McIntosh
  • 02-10-2020

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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  • Lulu
  • 14-10-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-2020

Great Storytelling

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

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  • Marion Layton
  • 04-10-2020

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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  • Pam
  • 03-10-2020

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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  • Niamh
  • 27-10-2020

Loved it

As usual Grahan Norton writes a brilliant story with characters who belong in every village in Ireland. I was totally immersed in the story and didn't want it to end.

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  • MR
  • 27-10-2020

Hat trick of beautiful stories made complete..

A third book from Graham confirms his rightful place as a wonderful storyteller. Referencing struggles both personal and national, Graham delivers with wit, grace and sensitivity. Congratulations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-2020

pure excellence couldn't turn it off best book in

best book so far this year Graham only gets better and better ill await the next book