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Dogs, wine and Dolly Parton – Graham to give chapter and verse in new book

John Spain Books Editor

Published 14/03/2014 | 02:30

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Graham Norton

TV PRESENTER Graham Norton will be settling down in the celebrated red chair this summer to tell his own life stories.

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UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton announced they had signed a book deal with the TV chat show host to write his autobiography.

The book, titled 'The Life and Loves of a He Devil', will be published this October and is expected to be a huge bestseller given his enormous popularity.

Graham said yesterday that the book will be an honest memoir of his life, centred around the theme of love because "it's really the things you love that define who you are." He intends to tell his life story by describing the people and things he loved – and sometimes lost – as a child and his new loves and obsessions as he's grown older. Dolly Parton, dogs, wine and Ireland will all feature, he promised.

"It's been 10 years since I last put fingertip to keyboard," he said.

"A lot has happened to me since then but being a decade older it strikes me that what makes a 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've ever written, don't worry, it also contains stories about mystery objects found in dog poo and celebrity actress farts."

Graham first made his mark as a stand up comedy drag act at the Edinburgh Festival, appearing as Mother Theresa with a tea towel wrapped around his head. It's been all downhill ever since, he says.

He went on to appear in 'Father Ted' before building his career as a TV chat show host, first on Channel 4 and currently on the BBC.

He is now one of the most highly paid TV presenters in Britain.

Irish Independent

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