Dear Graham Norton: 'I want to find my estranged son before it’s too late'

Graham Norton
Dear Graham Norton: 'I want to find my estranged son before it’s too late' Credit: Andrew Crowley/

Dear Graham

I am a widower with a middle-aged son who has not been in contact with me for some years, but whom I know by rumour to be unmarried, unemployed and living in London. I am well off and could help him, though I’d need his help in turn as I am getting too old to run my business.

There was no great trauma or showdown when he left home, and I was never violent or unkind to him, though we weren’t particularly close – I am of a generation where the mothers did all that.

What do you suggest I do? I would like to make peace with him before I die, and guarantee his inheritance. At very least I’d like to know what the issues were between us.

Martin, Greater Manchester

'You may never find out why he drifted out of your life, and you may never understand why you let him', says Graham Credit: Andrew Crowley

Dear Martin

If you know...

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