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The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry

The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry

Title: The Secret Scripture

Author:  Sebastian Barry

ISBN:  9780571215287

Weight:  807g

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The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Roseanne McNulty, perhaps nearing her one-hundredth birthday – no one is quite sure – 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.  This relationship, guarded but trusting after so many years, intensifies and complicates as Dr Grene mourns the death of his wife.

Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges – of Roseanne’s family in 1930s Sligo – 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.  Exquisitely written, it is the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Secret Scripture is not at all like its illustrious predecessor but is equally powerful and memorable.  It confirms that Sebastian Barry is at the forefront of contemporary Irish fiction.

Matthew Sweeney, Financial Times

In Roseanne McNulty – sly, confused, defiant, passionate – Sebastian Barry has created one of the most memorable narrators in recent fiction.

Sunday Telegraph

[A] magnificent and heart-rending novel…  Roseanne and Dr Grene, though hardly ever described, are incarnated with such commitment and narrative astuteness that you feel you are standing in the rain of their lives.

Joseph O’Connor, Guardian

Bibliographic Info

Title:The Secret Scripture
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Edition features:These books have a first state dust jacket.  Later jackets have the header ‘Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008’.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed:On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:Faber & Faber
Awards and prizes:

Irish Book Awards 2009 – winner (Irish Novel)

Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2009 – shortlist

Costa Book of the Year award 2008 – winner

Costa Novel Award 2008 – winner

James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2008 – winner (Fiction Award)

Man Booker Prize 2008 – shortlist

Media adaptation:BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes broadcast Mon–Fri at 10:45pm from Mon 28 Apr 2008.
Publication date:
Printed by:Mackays of Chatham
ISBN 13:9780571215287
ISBN 10:0571215289
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):242 x 161 x 32mm
Design Credits
Author photograph:Jerry Bauer
Jacket design:Gavin Morris at Faber
Jacket photograph:Johnny Ring

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