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July book club - Holding by Graham Norton

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 05-Jul-17 16:56:36

All the details about the book right here

If you receive a free copy don't forget to leave your thoughts and questions for Graham here. As he has a particularly heavy schedule at the moment he won't be able to answer all questions but we will pick out ten or so and send them over at the end of the month.

cornergran Wed 05-Jul-17 22:24:50

Thank you for my copy GN. Looking forward to beginning this book very soon.

Waveney Sat 08-Jul-17 11:01:18

The postman has just delivered my copy of 'Holding'. Thank you so much, GN, I am really looking forward to reading it.

gillyknits Sat 08-Jul-17 11:03:41

Thank you very much for my copy. Only a few chapters to go on my most recent reading matter and then Graham Norton here I come! (If you know what I mean).

annsixty Sat 08-Jul-17 11:04:46

Delighted that a copy of Holding has just been delivered, thank you.
I am not reading anything interesting at the moment so will start it today.

harrigran Sat 08-Jul-17 12:00:05

Thank you for my copy of Holding, just been delivered. I am just finishing Eleanor Oliphant then I am good to go smile

MawBroon Sat 08-Jul-17 12:06:12

Very pleasant surprise this morning!! Thank,you GN and the publishers smile

Pittcity Sat 08-Jul-17 12:29:32

Mine arrived this morning. I will get stuck in tonight, thank you.

Mapleleaf Sat 08-Jul-17 13:49:25

Thank you GN. My copy of Holding has just arrived this morning. Looking forward to reading and reviewing.

merlotgran Sat 08-Jul-17 13:54:07

Mine also arrived this morning. Thank you, GN.

hulahoop Sat 08-Jul-17 14:22:04

Just got my book thanks look forward to reading it .😀

Greenfinch Sat 08-Jul-17 14:46:00

Glad the books are arriving and mine will not be the only review ! 😀

gillybob Sat 08-Jul-17 17:38:05

I wasn't lucky enough tonight receive a copy this time but bought the book on kindle and can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed it . In fact I liked it so much I could see a TV series. I loved the Sergeant (PJ?) and the weird sisters . Was so pleased with the ending . smile

wot Sat 08-Jul-17 18:29:37

Thank you very much for the book! I've already started it and I'm impressed with the way he writes! Perfect antidote to a boring Saturday night!

Purpledaffodil Sun 09-Jul-17 14:30:36

Thank you so much GN. I was very pleased to receive my copy yesterday.

granh1 Sun 09-Jul-17 19:09:13

Thanks for the book, I'm looking forward to reading it.

Dadima123 Tue 11-Jul-17 10:00:51

Thank you for the book.
I'm looking forward to reading it.

Emptynester Wed 12-Jul-17 08:54:43

Well, is there no end to this mans talents! I enjoy him as a comedian, love his TV chat show, listen to his radio show, and his letters page in the Telegraph on Saturday is one of the best parts of the paper, and loved this book!
I really enjoyed his writing style, and although I realise he knows this fictionalised area of Ireland well, I feel I now know it too. His characterisations were sympathetic and believable, and I loved 'PJ' - he made me really laugh. I didn't guess the twist at the end, and thought it was a tragedy for all concerned.
I hope he follows 'PJs career to Cork' as I would love to hear more and whether it's more books about PJ or not, I feel this is not the last we will hear from Graham Norton - Author.

mischief Wed 12-Jul-17 16:43:33

Thank you for my copy of Holding by Graham Norton. I have now finished the book I was reading so can jump into this novel, and can't wait. I hope it's as good as I want it to be.

annsixty Wed 12-Jul-17 16:49:47

I am halfway through and like other posters am impressed by his writing ability. He uses language very well and does get under the skin of his characters.

mbody Thu 13-Jul-17 11:23:09

Although the book is quite well written I found it difficult to like any of the characters or really care what happened to them,

wot Sat 15-Jul-17 18:15:46

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Just finished it and was not disappointed at all. I was surprised that he could write so well....perceptive, funny and held my attention all the way through.

annsixty Sun 16-Jul-17 02:23:11

I have read it all now and found it easy reading but !ike another poster, by the end had lost interest in the characters and apart from PJ their fate didn't grab me. I did like the style of Graham Norton's writing though.

GeminiJen Sun 16-Jul-17 11:27:20

Like Emptynester, I’m a fan of Graham Norton and enjoyed this book. You can almost hear him narrating the story. Nice gentle storytelling, with a few twists and turns. The plot moved at an even pace, keeping you interested with the interwoven lives of the characters. The book was written in such a way that you felt for the main characters - PJ, Evelyn, Brid and Mrs Meany – and some insightful and sensitive observations were made about all of them. I loved the Epilogue...but won’t say more in case I spoil it for those yet to read that far! I hope there are more novels on their way.

A few questions for Graham:
Are you pleased with how your first novel has been received?
I think this would make a really good TV drama. Any plans?
Any more novels in the pipeline?

gillyknits Sun 16-Jul-17 14:03:41

Another super choice for us GN readers. I really enjoyed the picture of village life that Graham painted so vividly. A well written tale that developed interesting characters and documented their interaction. Graham really knows the secret heart of the village, the gossip, the recluse, the nosy neighbour are all depicted.
Into all this is interwoven a murder mystery which made me want to read more.
I have a question for GN. How do you choose the books? Is it on recommendation from the publisher and do you read each one yourselves?