Graham Norton pens debut novel

TV host Graham Norton has written his debut novel.

No word yet on a title or publication date for the book which is described as “darkly funny”.

The story is set in a “small town with big secrets”, with characters including a cast down policeman, a beautiful and mysterious family of three spinster sisters, “each with their own secrets and sorrows”, and the town’s gossip.

The catalyst for these “half-lived lives and seething rivalries to come to light” is a grim discovery on a building site, revealing the town to have “a much darker, hungrier undertow”.

Norton said: “Like so many other people I’ve always wanted to write a novel and I’m both proud and shocked that I have finally done it.”

“It’s a mixture of mystery and romance set in a part of the world I love,” he said.

“When I read, I like a book that is driven by the plot and I hope that is what I’ve done in my own novel. It is very nerve wracking to finally be handing my story over to the world but I can truthfully say I have loved the time I have spent with these characters so now I just hope that readers do as well.”

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