The Secret Scripture : McNulty Family

  • by Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by Stephen Hogan
  • Series: McNulty Family
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sensitively narrated by Stephen Hogan, The Secret Scripture is a poignant and emotive tale of a woman who falls prey to her own unconscious sexuality in the midst of an unforgiving society.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2009.
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year, 2008.
Short listed for the Man Booker Prize, 2008.
Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital where's she spent most of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks with her psychiatrist, Dr. Greene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates.
Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful: a secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance.


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An excellent read, brilliant book. Sensitively reflecting on a tragic wasted life due to narrow minded intolerance and ignorance. I stayed up half the night listening not wanting to stop.

When i finished I listened again straight away as I the story line intertwines and I wanted to clarify the details I enjoyed it more the second time. Haunting and thought provoking.
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- Claire

Intriguing story with exceptional narration

I read this book when it was first published and enjoyed it all over again, thanks to the very talented narrator - not to mention the subtlety of the outstanding writing. It's an example of the power of the Catholic Church and its priests in early 20thc Ireland and how it profoundly affects the main character in the story.

The hypocrisy is breathtaking; the social history of the period brilliantly brought to life and it's also very poignant. Highly recommended.
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- Patricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-11-2008
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd