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The Secret Scripture: A Novel (Paperback)
  • The Secret Scripture: A Novel (Paperback)

The Secret Scripture: A Novel (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 29/01/2009
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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.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571215294

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An okay read with a few interesting moments of humour, sadness and utter tragedy, on the whole though very predictable. I guessed the ending about a third of the way through the book.

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18th February 2012
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“Not my cup of tea”

I worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital and there were many patients who had been admitted as 'imbeciles' or similar. One of the patients I remember celebrated her 100th birthday in the hospital after... More

17th February 2011
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“An emotional read”

I actually really enjoyed this book. It is difficult to describe why as it is the most gripping or exciting book, but I found the main Roseanne's story compelling. The style of prose is difficult to read and... More

27th July 2010
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