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The Secret Scripture
The Secret Scripture: A Novel | Sebastian Barry
Recording the events of her life from a mental hospital as her hundredth birthday approaches, Roseanne McNulty considers returning to society when she learns that the hospital is about to close, but her situation is complicated by the possibility that Roseanne remembers her life quite differently from what is documented in her patient records. 15,000 first printing.
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squirrelbrain
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I seem to remember that this one had a nasty #littlepriest in it....

#septembersins

Cathythoughts It certainly did !!! Brilliant book too ... ( horrible priest (edited) 2mo
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Mehso-so

Hmm.... an old lady in an asylum with an interesting past and her psychiatrist trying to find out more details. This book really dragged on for me until about 1/4 to the end. Apparently there is a movie also, maybe I‘ll check it out.

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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A warm day calls for a little refreshment and a new book to read.

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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

I liked this book but didn‘t love it. I think I had such high expectations after glowing reviews from @Cathythoughts @TrishB and @BookwormM (thanks for sending it to me M!). My fault as I read it on my commute and work has been particularly stressful this week. I can see why you all loved it but I think I felt the anger and futility without appreciating the writing. Maybe should have paused and read it another time - still a pick though!

TrishB Sometimes wrong time and place! And expectations 😁 I know that one! 8mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear Helen - expectations have a lot to answer for ! ! That‘s the way it goes. I‘m only starting to appreciate the importance of timing in my own reading... still - it was still a pick 👍🏻😘 8mo
BookwormM Can‘t win em all 8mo
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Peaslady

'Now we are two foreign countries and we simply have our embassies in the same house. Relations are friendly but strictly diplomatic. There is an underlying sense of rumour, of judgement, of memory, like two peoples that have once committed great crimes against each other, but in another generation.' p.48

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squirrelbrain
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Look what‘s arrived already @BookwormM ! Thanks so much for sending it to me! 😁👍🐿

Cathythoughts Will love to hear your thoughts ( I loved it ) .... ♥️👍🏻 8mo
squirrelbrain I‘ll let you know @Cathythoughts .... not sure if I‘ll get to it straight away but hopefully soon! 8mo
Cathythoughts Soooo many books ... life is too short 🤷🏻‍♀️😍📚 8mo
BookwormM Wow Royal Mail are on the ball enjoy 😊 8mo
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BookwormM
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#readaroundtheworld #Ireland
4😃 beautiful story

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2736718877

Any UK littens want this one? First to comment gets it. As usual 2nd hand fair condition

squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting, if rather sad! I‘d love it, if no one else minds... 9mo
BookwormM @squirrelbrain send me your address to mfug@live.co.uk it‘s yours 9mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain it‘s a great read, but definitely sad! 9mo
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squirrelbrain I saw your review and comments @TrishB , so that‘s why I decided to go for it! 9mo
BookwormM @squirrelbrain book is winging its way to you 9mo
squirrelbrain Thank you so much! 😁 9mo
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MelAnn I love this quote!!! 9mo
gradcat This is great! 9mo
wordzie 8mo
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BookwormM
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“But we are never old to ourselves”

Loving this so far.

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TrishB
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#alittlepriest #musicalnewyear
Not just little, but horrible, vile and unkind.

Cathythoughts Excellent choice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm I have this. Will read this. 🤞 10mo
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm I loved it. Very sad and poignant. 10mo
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vivastory Sounds interesting. Stacked! 10mo
Cinfhen The lovely @Cathythoughts gifted this to me xx it was so sad I put it down. Most get back to it- the writing was amazing 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it was sad 😢 and made me angry too! 10mo
Bklover @Cinfhen Did you ever read this? I just saw the movie trailer and it sounds good. 7mo
Cinfhen No!!! I really need too!!! @Bklover started it awhile ago but it was sooooo depressing😭 7mo
Bklover @Cinfhen We were maybe going to watch the movie but I really don‘t want to watch a depressing story so thank you!!!! 7mo
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Pickpick

Quite enjoyed it. Enjoyed the last half more than the first half. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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melissajayne
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This weeks #fridayreads

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mommamatch
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This. Psychology/Psychiatry has come so far. And yet has so far still to go. Awareness and Acceptance!!

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mommamatch
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TBR. Reading for the ‘Female Protagonist Over 60‘ for @bookriot Read Harder Challenge. Anyone else doing the challenge? Other challenges? #challengeaccepted #matchbooks

TrishB No - but have recently read the book 👍🏻 2y
mommamatch @TrishB It‘s been in TBR for a few years, guess this is a good reason to dust it off!! 2y
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Liberty
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Day 17 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams Challenge: an unreturned book! This belongs to my friend Sarah. She gave it to me in 2009, I think? I like to imagine she knows I am taking good care of it. She has had my copy of Jailbird for at least as long, and I know it is in good hands. ☺️📚

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RobinGustafson
Secret Scripture | Sebastian Barry
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Time for some more Sebastian Barry #saturdayreads #readingaddict

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TrishB
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Pickpick

Awwww..... my heart is aching 💔
Amazing prose, wonderful sad story. Half angry, half sad, will take a while to get this story out of my brain.
Sorry Cindy - I‘m a rubbish buddy read because I always end up reading all at once. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did ❤️

Andrew65 I agree with those comments about this book half angry half sad. Sums it up perfectly. 2y
LeahBergen And now it sounds even more amazing. ❤️ 2y
emilyhaldi Sounds amazing... #stacked 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm You read so fast. Will put this among the top stacks of my TBR. 🙂 2y
batsy Lovely review... You and @Cathythoughts have convinced me ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen No way!!!! I didn't even begin....I'm glad to know I'm in for a fabulous read😁looking forward 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen enjoy ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. Such lovely writing ! And the anger - a lot of people , Fr. Gaunt 👎🏻. It‘s a beautiful read. ❤️. Must read more S Barry. On another note I‘m in stitches at @Cinfhen 😂 what just happened there !!! I hope you like it to. & @Batsy I think you would love it. 2y
Cathythoughts @Andrew65 I agree too. There was some discussion about the ending at our Bookclub, there were mixed feelings 2y
Cinfhen I know @Cathythoughts 🤷🏼‍♀️ @TrishB is a #speedReader 🏎🏎🏎🏎🏎 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I may just have some of his others waiting in my basket! I find it difficult to put a book down once I start.... 2y
Coleen_Nieto One of my favorites! The movie is very good too! 2y
Andrew65 @Coleen_Nieto I disn‘t know there was a movie. 2y
Coleen_Nieto @Andrew65 Yes! Vanessa Redgrave plays the main character, Eric Banaugh is the doctor, Maura Rooney pays the young Rose. They left a lot out, of course, but i liked it. I found it on Amazon video. 2y
Andrew65 @Coleen_Nieto Thanks for that information, I will check it out. 👍 2y
TrishB @Coleen_Nieto @Andrew65 I‘ll have a look too! 2y
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TrishB
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Quick lunchtime read. I‘m loving this book - the cover, the story , the writing ❤️

DGRachel That‘s a beautiful cover! 2y
Cinfhen I did zero reading today 🙈gorgeous cover...although I love my cover as well 2y
Cathythoughts Your a great lunch time reader 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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TrishB @Cinfhen there does seem to be some lovely covers for the book 💜 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts I try and shut my door even if only for 20 mins, eat and read 😁 helps get me through the day! 2y
TrishB @DGRachel it‘s very eye catching! 2y
Cathythoughts I wanted to ask your opinion, Trish, Sharon Penman or Elizabeth Chadwick ? ? For the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy! ? (edited) 2y
LeahBergen This cover is WAY better than the North American edition! It actually makes me want to read it now. 😍 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts aghhh that‘s like asking me to choose between my kids....Penman.....just...but her writing is very detailed and I think some people get put off by that - very big books! 2y
TrishB @LeahBergen it‘s a wonderful read so far ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts Thanks for that! Sounds like both are nearly equal & this is new territory for me, so I‘ll just stay with Chadwick , especially if Penman‘s books are longer. Thanks, it‘s been on my mind 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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This is starting well - first page of my #buddyread with @Cinfhen as recommended to us by @Cathythoughts

Andrew65 I enjoyed this one. 👍 2y
Cathythoughts Oh great. Good luck with it , I hope ye like it 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Oooh, promising indeed! 2y
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TrishB @Andrew65 @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen the writing is awesome. I think I have put a tag on every page. I am even reading slowly to make sure I don‘t miss a word! 2y
Andrew65 @TrishB @Cinfhen Thought you‘d enjoy it. 2y
Coleen_Nieto One of my favorites! 2y
Cathythoughts I‘m so glad it‘s going well ❤️I thought the writing was very beautiful too @cinfhen (edited) 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#FridayFrigesDay @SpeculativeFemale


✨oh I love polka dots ( I love plaid too )

✨mayonnaise on fries 🤷‍♀️

✨it‘s a soft drink or a mineral or mostly called by its actual name e. g. A coke or a club orange or a 7 up etc
I‘m a day late ! Only just saw this.

BookMaven407 Mayonnaise on fries 🍟 👍 2y
Cathythoughts @BookMaven407 I know !! It has to be ✋🏻 2y
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Cinfhen
Secret Scripture | Sebastian Barry
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OMG!! Surprise #bookmail arrived today from the lovely and thoughtful @Cathythoughts 💕🙌🏻💕and it's a book I've been so eager to read😃I'm beyond words...the generosity & warmth of this community amazes me!!! Thank you so much, Cathy for your wonderful card and this fabulous book!!!! #FeelingBlessed #ThankYou 😘😘😘

Cathythoughts You are so welcome, I‘m glad it arrived safely & I hope you enjoy it XXX 2y
Cinfhen Such an awesome surprise!!!! Can't wait to read it!!! Thank you again...I'm still waiting for the mint Milanos to be back in stock 🤞🏼🤞🏼 @Cathythoughts (edited) 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely 💝 2y
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batsy So sweet... And a fab bookmark 😍 2y
Cinfhen I forgot to add how much I ❤️the bookmark @batsy @Cathythoughts it matches the book cover which is gorgeous too 2y
Billypar It's a good one- I read it right after @Cathythoughts - I'll look forward to your review! 2y
BarbaraBB A good book - and what a lovely surprise! 2y
britt_brooke Nice!! 2y
Cathythoughts Enjoy 😉💕💕 2y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ buddy read when you have time? 2y
Cinfhen I was going to tag you with the same question @TrishB ❤️most definitely 2y
TrishB As you know I never have reading plans so I‘ll fit with you (apart from when I‘m away in case I don‘t get anytime/chance to post!) 2y
Mdargusch So sweet! 2y
Reviewsbylola Love the cover. What a nice surprise! 2y
Cinfhen So let's try for after your trip... @TrishB 💜that's near the end of January, right?? 2y
TrishB Yep- back on 26 January 💕 2y
Cinfhen You may need a day or two for jet lag but I'll be ready by then so you'll let me know @TrishB (edited) 2y
TrishB Will do ❤️ 2y
shawnmooney You deserve it, girlfriend! 😍 2y
Cinfhen Thank you very much @shawnmooney 💜💜 2y
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TrishB
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#bookhaul
Today‘s book deliveries. Definitely #blameitonlitsy for 3/4
@Cathythoughts @Lindy @arlenefinnigan

Cathythoughts I hope you enjoy 👍✨✨✨ 2y
TrishB @arlenefinnigan @Cathythoughts thank you enablers - let you know when I get to them 😁 2y
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RachelO I'm part-way through Know Your Place - SO good! 2y
DeborahSmall @arlenefinnigan has also tempted me with Know Your Place, I‘m sure I‘ll cave in the next week! Great haul ❤️ 2y
batsy I've been thinking of getting those exact 3/4 for the same reason 😁💕 2y
TrishB @RachelO good to know 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @DeborahSmall I‘ve got quite a few via @arlenefinnigan !! 2y
TrishB @batsy these were fantastic deals on amazon marketplace - (cc for all of them! 2y
batsy @TrishB That's a steal! Great finds 👏 2y
Lindy @batsy @TrishB On the Kirkus Reviews podcast, Fully Booked, the fiction review editor said that Reservoir 13 was so hypnotic that when she was checking something while editing a review of it, she couldn‘t stop reading the novel. 2y
Cinfhen That's was fast!!! Nice!!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!!! 2y
TrishB @Lindy I‘m looking forward to it 😁 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen the devil that is amazon prime..... 2y
batsy @Lindy 👍👍 I really should remind myself to read it sooner rather than later 😳 And now I have to check out this podcast 😀 2y
Lindy @batsy There‘s some really annoying music & adverts between segments, unfortunately. The best part of the Fully Booked podcast is the final 10 minutes, where the hosts speak to specialists from Kirkus about bestsellers of the week, each suggesting one pick, one give-it-a-miss. 2y
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#NuYear #observer @Cinfhen @TrishB observed through “ the haze of memory & retelling” a story of old age, of life‘s journey, of relationships in all their rawness & beauty. ( Powerful observations from S Barry

TrishB This book is definitely on a future tbr! 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍✨✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
Cinfhen Same @TrishB stacked!!! 2y
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 🙏✨✨✨❤️❤️❤️ 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen just ordered ❤️ plus Reservoir 13 as recommended by @Lindy and something else that just jumped into my basket!! 2y
Cinfhen Niiice!!!! I'll be looking forward to your reviews😄 @TrishB (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘m not so sure I‘m feeling all this talk about books jumping into baskets. Sounds a bit suspicious to me 🤔😂 (edited) 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts you know when it says you need to spend Qb more to qualify for free delivery.....we‘ll you‘re not going to pay for that delivery are you.... ? 2y
Lindy @trishb Hope you enjoy Reservoir 13. It‘s an unusual writing style and I found the whole thing very life-affirming. 🌱 (edited) 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#QuotsyDec17 #ride @TK421 pic of our book Club, I hosted last night. Secret Scripture‘s lowest rating was 8/10 & got lots of tens ⭐️.we #rode on way after midnight into the early hours in discussions on this book , then we solved local issues & the problems of the world 🙃🍷🍷our next book is Madame Zero , Sarah Hall, a Canadian writer. Has anyone read this ? Short stories ( not my fave, but I‘m looking forward to it, something different 💕

batsy Looks like it was a fun night! I haven't read the Hall but I'm interested in it, sounds good 👍 2y
Cathythoughts @batsy it was fun 😵😵must try to wake up now. Yes Hall sounds really good 👍 2y
TrishB Looks like a great night 👍🏻 2y
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Cathythoughts @TrishB it was. Thanks Trish 👍 2y
Tamra How fun!! 2y
Cathythoughts @Tamra it was fun 👍 2y
BookMaven407 💜 2y
Andrew65 I enjoyed The Secret Scripture. 2y
Cathythoughts @Andrew65 I‘d like to read more of this author. The writing is so poetic 2y
Andrew65 @Cathythoughts Me too, it is the only one I‘ve read so far. 2y
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I‘m hosting our bookclub tonight ❤️we are discussing The Secret Scripture. I‘m ready to go! Just waiting for the ladies...

Tamra So pretty! 2y
Tanisha_A Have a great time! 🗨📖 2y
Ms_T Yum! Have a lovely evening 📚 2y
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LeahBergen It looks like it will be a lovely evening! 2y
merelybookish Looks lovely! 2y
Eggs How fun! 2y
youneverarrived Hope you all had a great night ❤️ 2y
Centique What a great host you are! Wish you‘d host my book club 🙌🙌 2y
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Billypar
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A 100-year-old patient in an Irish asylum pens an account of her tragic past. She conceals it beneath the floorboards from her psychiatrist who keeps his own journal that attempts to chronicle his professional observations of this patient, but finds his own personal issues keep intruding. These twin accounts highlight the hazy border between history and memory, and the ways grief and regret can color personal stories. Not easy to put down 👍👍

TrishB Was recommended this by @Cathythoughts this week and this is another great review 👍🏻 2y
saresmoore Wow, sounds amazing! 2y
Billypar @TrishB @saresmoore I agree with @Cathythoughts praise- this was excellent. It really draws you in, and it's easy to get lost in its world. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Your intriguing review makes me put this higher up my TBR ! 👍 2y
Suet624 This sounds great. Love these kind of stories. Stacked. 2y
Billypar @erzascarletbookgasm Hope you enjoy 😃 It was my first of Barry's but I'll definitely be reading more. 2y
Cathythoughts What a great review ❤️. I read this for my bookclub this month, it was sooo very good. Thanks @TrishB for remembering, I hope you read it & like it ! & very beautiful review @Billypar 2y
Billypar @Cathythoughts Thanks ☺ This would be a great bookclub pick- lots to discuss. 2y
Cathythoughts We are meeting in a couple of weeks , I‘ll let you know how the discussion goes 👍 2y
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#TuneIntoNovember #HistorySticksToYourfeet @Cinfhen @Robothugs In The Secret Scripture, Roseanne is 100 years old. Her personal history is embedded in the history of her time. Isn‘t it always. We walk in the history of our times. ( pic of my granddaughter 2 summers ago)

batsy Little explorer 💙 2y
Cathythoughts Indeed she is 🙄😀 2y
Cinfhen Fabulous photo! Book sounds wonderful too 2y
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TrishB Lovely pic 💟 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks 🙏 2y
Robothugs ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Centique Awwww! 😍 2y
Cathythoughts @Robothugs @Centique 🙏 I adore her ❤️ 2y
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Cathythoughts
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The Secret Scripture ( & The Secret History ) are my 2 favourites so far this year. Roseanne is 100 years old. This book is about her story & the importance of all of our stories. That our lives matter dearly , & we all have a story to tell. This certainly brought me into parts of my own life , memories and such. & how important it is to remember & honour & acknowledge “ the hammers & the feathers” A beautiful book So glad I read it 🙏pic on walk

Cinfhen Lovely review and photo 2y
Ms_T Great review and lovely picture! 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#Quotsynov17 @TK-421 #War. Quote from the Secret Scripture : ..... And civil war is an evil that befalls all souls equally “ pic taken recently

Cinfhen Well done! Sad truth😔 2y
Wineandbooks A heartbreaking story and a far too common one in this country 😔 2y
Cathythoughts @Wineandbooks that is so true, looking forward to discussing soon 💫👍 2y
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#quotsynov17 #chaos @TK-421 A quote from the Secret Scripture: “ A psychotic person often supplies answers to everything, whatever their truth. They intensely dislike not knowing, because it brings on the pain & storm of confusion. “ psychosis very close to chaos in the mind.

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Cathythoughts
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#Emojinov #umbrella @RealLifeReading Roseanne describes Fr Gaunts #umbrella : “He carried a highly ecclesiastical umbrella, like something real & austere, that said it‘s prayers at night in the hatstand “ I‘m only half way but I‘m predicting a ten out of ten for this book 💫💫🙏

Cinfhen Fantastic passage ‼️💜🤓 2y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen if you haven‘t read this one. I would highly recommend 💫 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#Litsypartyofone Finally. relaxer vous 🍷📚about to start The Secret Scripture

Andrew65 Will be interested to see what you think, I read this a few years ago. 2y
Cathythoughts @andrew65 oh great. My bookclub will have all kinds of opinions 👍I‘ll keep you posted. It‘s off to a great start ( just beginning it ) 2y
Billypar This one is coming up for me soon! Either my next read, or the one after, haven't decided yet. 2y
Cathythoughts @Billypar it‘s meant to be good by all accounts 🤞🤞🤞 2y
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Cathythoughts
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A pic from last nights bookclub. The Secret Scripture was last nights pic by a member. I‘m reading this next , so I can relax & read other books for the rest of the month.

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GirlChandler
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I want to kill Father Gaunt. Pompous ass.

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GirlChandler

A little late-night, early-morning reading. Just getting into that lovely "unreliable narrator" stuff! I do like this book.

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Quatrionaa
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Halfway through my second Sebastian Barry book with a glass of wine on an afternoon off. Perf. 🙌🏻❤

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Day 9 #junetunz #belfastchild
So this book on my #tbr mountain is set in Roscommon, Ireland. Not Belfast, but it's about three hours drive from Belfast 😉. It is a poignant story of an aged woman in a mental hospital who recalls her fate in earlier years as she writes her autobiography. Through her scripture, it reveals a life of extraordinary love, great injustice, and a remarkable young woman.

Cinfhen Sounds good, maybe a wee bit sad 😢 2y
Andrew65 This is the only Sebastian Barry book I have read and I did enjoy it. I need to read more. 2y
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lauralovesbooks1
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Two stories unfold in this novel -- the story of Roseanne McNulty, a 100 year old woman who has lived most of her life in a mental hospital and that of Dr. Greene, a psychiatrist who is evaluating her. Beautiful storytelling.

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"We have neglected the tiny sentences of life and now the big ones are beyond our reach."

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bekakins
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Mehso-so

I seem to be on a run of reading book with unreliable narrators at the moment! I found this a little hard to follow at times, think I would have appreciated it more if not reading on my daily commute, with lots of distractions!

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zezeki
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A few years ago I read this book and loved it. Didn't know there would be a film version of it until today when I accidentally came across movie trailer. Looking forward to seeing it. #secret#scripture#film

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IncredibleRamblingElimy
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When your boss recommends you a book...

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Hidie
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Visited my favorite Booksale branches today as a Birthday treat for myself! #bookhaul #birthdaybooks

ineverlearn Belated HBD! 3y
Hidie Thanks! 3y
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Onioons
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#day11 #shadesofblue Roseanne McNulty, one of the last inmates in a closing mental hospital on the Irish West Coast, is writing her own story. But it jars with the official records and Dr Greene wants to bring understanding and peace to his patient before she is moved beyond his care. Her memoirs recall her youth & beauty, & the sexuality that marked her as threatening in society shaped & ruled by the whims of the Catholic Church #somethingforsept

brendanmleonard Sounds like a great book - ty for the recommendation! 3y
Onioons @brendanmleonard if you do get around to it, let me know what you think. I'm always curious! 3y
DebinHawaii Great stack! 📘💙 3y
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This book, set in Ireland, explores many themes. Love, religion, memory, madness. It is deep and dark but not really mysterious. Still, it is moving and evocative. Have tissues nearby.

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