Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry (courtesy of The Irish Times)

Winner of the 2008 Costa Book of the Year with The Secret Scripture ...

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays include Boss Grady's Boys, The Steward of Christendom, Our Lady of Sligo and The Pride of Parnell Street, all of which are available in a collected edition. His novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Annie Dunne, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.

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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.

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Name: Sebastian Barry

Date of birth: 5th July, 1955

Education: London LCC School, Hampstead; Catholic University School, Dublin; read Latin and English at Trinity College, Dublin.

Born: Herbert Place, Dublin

Current home: Co Wicklow, Ireland

Similar authors: John McGahern, John Banville, Bernard MacLaverty


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