• Rien qu'une vie

    Graham Norton

    « Elle sourit intérieurement en mettant la dernière main aux préparatifs du buffet. Un cadavre avait été découvert à Duneen. Ça n'aurait pas pu mieux tomber. Certes, elle avait été déçue en apprenant qu'il ne s'agissait pas d'un charnier, mais, en un sens, c'était presque mieux. Un mystère unique. Les gens viendraient de toute la paroisse. »
    Le sergent Collins, semi-obèse en passe de rater complètement sa vie, a été envoyé à Duneen, petite bourgade du fin fond de l'Irlande où il ne se passe jamais rien. Mais sa petite vie est bouleversée le jour où on retrouve un cadavre sur un chantier.
    Soudain, les projecteurs sont braqués sur ce village pétrifié dans le temps. Le grand jour du sergent Collins est peut-être venu. Mais le policier ne va pas tarder à se rendre compte que ce qu'il vient de déterrer, c'est surtout le sombre passé du village, les secrets et les regrets de toute une communauté. Son enquête lui révèle peu à peu de quoi sont faites les vies de ceux qu'il croyait connaître. Et si c'était précisément là que résidait le mystère ?

    La plume mordante de Graham Norton donne vie à une galerie de personnages attachants et plus vrais que nature. Un premier roman d'une grande humanité.

    « Un roman maîtrisé dont vous n'êtes pas prêt d'oublier la beauté mélancolique. » Daily Express
    « Cette histoire aux accents tragicomiques est aussi émouvante que captivante. » Sunday Mirror
    « Un roman au charme fou... d'une tendresse surprenante. » Metro

  • 'It seems to me that we are all made up of the things we adore, and by telling my stories through the prism of my passions I hope you will get an insight into my life' In his new autobiography, written with characteristic humour and often outrageous candour, Graham shows that life is more than just a series of dates and it's really the things you love that make you who you are. From his beloved dogs to his rediscovered love of Ireland, the men Graham has loved and lost to his love affair with New York. It's been ten years since Graham last hit our shelves and being a decade older he has come to realise that what makes a life interesting is less what happens to you and more what inspires and drives you.

    Graham Norton's career has spanned the last two decades, seeing him 'transition from risqué Channel 4 comedian to national treasure' (Evening Standard), and he has entertained an audience of millions in Father Ted, as the hilarious host of Eurovision, and on his primetime BBC1 TV and weekly BBC Radio 2 shows. He is loved across the nation for his delight in the peculiar for his ability to find humour and a common ground in all that life brings.

    In The Life and Loves of a He Devil is Graham shows us it's really the things you love that make you who you are.

  • 'A considerable achievement ... one of the more authentic debuts I've read in recent years ... in such an understated manner, eschewing linguistic eccentricity ... in favour of genuine characters and tender feeling...this is a fine novel.' John Boyne, Irish Times 'It's funny and wonderfully perceptive' Wendy Holden'Poised and perceptive' the Sunday Times 'It is beautiful and yet devastatingly sad' Daily Express 'Deeply accomplished...brilliantly observed' Good Housekeeping 'An undercurrent of black comedy accompanies the ripples that ensue - but with a pathos that makes this deftly plotted story as moving as it is compelling.' Sunday Mirror'Strenuously charming...surprisingly tender' Metro 'Heartwarming and observant' StylistGraham 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.

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