The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore

The novel revolves around the life of Judith Hearne, a lonely middle-aged spinster living in 1950s Belfast who struggles with her declining social status and her increasing reliance on alcohol. As she desperately seeks companionship and purpose in life, she becomes infatuated with her boarding house's landlady's brother, only to face rejection and further isolation. The book explores themes of loneliness, faith, disillusionment, and the harsh realities of ageing.

The 1267th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 301

Since this book was first published in 1955, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 301.0.

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