The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry describes how Roseanne McNulty, nearing her 100th birthday, is facing an uncertain future. The Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life is preparing for closure and over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks with her psychiatrist Dr. Grene, and their relationship intensifies. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is both shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through the haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative history of Ireland's changing character and one of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet is still marked by love, passion and hope. Truly an unforgettable read. This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber. 
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