From Bandon to the big red chair — Graham Norton to pen new memoir

Graham Norton’s new book will focus on his life and times, from childhood in Bandon to TV talk show host.

From Bandon to the big red chair — Graham Norton to pen new memoir

It will be so Graham Norton.

The chat show king will pen a new memoir and the finished product, The Life and Loves of a He Devil is due to be published in October.

London-based publisher Hodder and Stroughton yesterday announced that it had secured the book deal with the Irish star, with the book likely to prove a Christmas stocking-filler.

The Bandon native, born Graham Walker, was last year celebrated in his home town with the official opening of the Graham Norton river walk way, while his alma mater University College Cork also awarded him an honorary doctorate.

Now his new book will focus on his life and times to date, from his childhood in West Cork to his role in Fr Ted as manic priest Fr Noel Furlong, through his stand-up comedy career and his breakthrough into the television mainstream via his Channel 4 talk show and later his BBC Radio 2 programme and his chat show on BBC 1, The Graham Norton Show.

In a statement issued by the publishers Norton said: “It’s been 10 years since I last put fingertip to keyboard. A lot has happened to me since then but being a decade older it strikes me that what makes life interesting is less what happens to you but more what drives and inspires you. A life of loves.

“When I say this is the most personal thing I have ever written, don’t worry: It also contains stories about mystery objects found in dog poo and celebrity actress farts.”

Hannah Black of Hodder said: “We are so proud to be publishing Graham. He’s funny, original, and impressively mischievous, and he’s also a brilliantly clever story teller and loved by young and old across the nation.”

That should probably be “across the nations”, as his multitude of fans here will attest.

According to the publishers, the book will feature everything and everyone from Dolly Parton to his beloved dogs, and will also reveal aspects of his childhood growing up in Bandon, where he attended Bandon Grammar School, as well as delving into his past relationships and bringing his life story right up to date.

It will all be written with Norton’s “characteristic humour and outrageous candour”.

It follows on from his first autobiography, published a decade ago, called So Me.

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