Holding by Graham Norton - discussion questions

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Duneen is a quiet place, far enough from the big towns to have kept its own rhythms. Its residents include cast down policeman PJ who lives a lonely, uneventful life punctuated only by the next meal – until now; the beautiful and mysterious family of three spinster sisters each with their own secrets and sorrows; and of course, the town’s gossip who think she knows the answers.

When a grim discovery is made on a building site up by the old school, it becomes the catalyst for half lived secrets and seething rivalries to come to light and this silent, once innocent and repressed-seeming town is revealed to have a much darker, hungrier undertow.

Holding is Graham Norton’s debut novel and our Radio 2 panel members loved it. Here are some of their reviews:

“You know how Graham Norton is a) wonderful, b) funny, and c) someone who ‘gets’ other people? Well, that apparently applies to his novel writing, too. This has the perfect blend of light humour and mystery, wrapped up in engaging storytelling that you would want from Mr Norton.”

“The story has many different strands; it’s a study of family relationships and small community politics with a hint of a crime drama running through it so it has something for everyone.”

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