Novel by Brian Moore, published in 1955 as Judith Hearne, about an aging Irish spinster's disillusionment and her subsequent descent into alcoholism. The U.S. version was published in 1956 as The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne. Set in Belfast in the early 1950s, the novel is the study of a Roman Catholic woman who tries to gain the affection of James Madden, an unscrupulous retired man she meets at a local pub. Madden sees her as a potential investor in a business scheme, but she mistakenly infers a romantic interest. She begins to drink heavily, and she finds no comfort in her confession to an indifferent priest. Her disintegration is rapid, and she eventually becomes a resident at a nursing home. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
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'Moore is surely one of the most versatile and compelling novelists writing today.' Daily Telegraph
Brian Moore's extraordinary talent was immediately recognised when The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, his debut novel, won the Authors' Club First Novel Award. A highly-acclaimed film based on the novel was recently made, starring Maggie Smith.
'I can't think of another living male novelist who writes about women with such sympathy and understanding.' Times Literary Supplement
'Remarkable... seldom in modern fiction has any character been revealed so completely or been made to seem so poignantly real.' New York Times
'An almost classic example of the power given by unity of theme... Mr Moore reveals all the qualities of a born novelist.' Sunday Times
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