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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This is a beautifully crafted book, and it captures that rural Irish perception of beauty. It is also beautifully read, capturing the soft lilt of the west Irish brogue. "A terrible beauty"! For within lies the brutality of war, the oppression of rigid morality, and the confusion of truth and memory.
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- Clare

The Secret Scripture

This is a truly extraordinary book and one which will live on with you long after you have finished reading it. The beautiful, descriptive narrative just unfolds the further you enter into the story. I also thought the reader's voice was perfect, at times beguiling in keeping with the text and at other times sounding as distressed as the key characters. It is also a really clever book, I had no idea where it was going to go next and actually I was happy to be taken along wherever it went. It is also a shocking story however and one which troubled me in the sense of man's capacity to do untold harm to others and to have control of their lives. Deeply, deeply moving and one of the most powerful books I have listened to in years. I have recommended it to everyone! - probably to the point of being annoying - a wonderful woderful book.
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- Mandy

Book Details

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