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The Secret Scripture

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Nearing her one-hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through the haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope.


'Roseanne McNulty is almost a century old and has been imprisoned in a mental institution in the west of Ireland for many decades. But with the hospital facing closure, her psychiatrist Dr Grene conducts a series of interviews with her to assess her suitability for release into the community. Through the accounts that each of them keep of their meetings, Sebastian Barry allows a horrifying tale of death, duplicity and deception to unfold, as it becomes clear Roseanne has become tragically enmeshed in the tangles web of Ireland's history, politics and religion.' London Review of Books

Product details

Authors Sebastian Barry
Publisher Faber & Faber
Languages English
Product format Paperback
Released 31.10.2015
EAN 9780571323951
ISBN 978-0-571-32395-1
No. of pages 320
Dimensions 125 mm x 200 mm x 20 mm
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature

Irische SchriftstellerInnen; Werke (div.), Families; Love; Recollection; Secrets

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