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The chatshow host on his new novel, his pride in appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race and why Ireland is in a sweet spot right now
Broadcaster and author Graham Norton, 58, grew up in County Cork. He moved to London to go to drama school, before becoming a standup comedian. His TV breakthrough was in the sitcom Father Ted. His BBC chatshow began in 2007 and has won five Baftas, while his Virgin Radio show is broadcast on weekend mornings. Norton has commentated on the Eurovision song contest since 2009 and is a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. His third novel, Home Stretch, is out in paperback this week.
Home Stretch traces the fallout from a car crash. Was it based on a real-life incident?
It’s based on a whole phenomenon. Every summer in Ireland, there are these crashes of cars with too many young people in them. Sometimes, there might be drink involved, but often it’s just reckless driving and the confidence of youth. Because it’s a much smaller country, these stories make the national news and what I noticed was that often the driver survived. That was my starting point – I thought, what happens to that life? It’s hardly begun but it’s blighted by this awful tragedy.