Blasphemy: Moore 'The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne' (1955)

Scrutinised by two censorship boards, this novel is a moving exploration of lonely spinsterhood under patriarchal Catholicism.

 

I’ve always been fascinated by boarding houses because they are such marginal spaces in our residential landscape. Aoife Bhreatnach

 

Fr Quigley is one of Moore’s many critical representations of Catholic clergy. Sinéad Moynihan

 

It’s a really bleak novel, but it’s also an interesting portrayal of Belfast before the Troubles. Sinéad Moynihan

 

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