George Mackay Brown is one of the masters of the short story form. --Ali Smith
[Mackay Brown] distilled the essence of his people's past into timeless and meditative prose of extraordinary beauty. --Inverness Courier
'Tae read George Mackay Brown is tae dauner lik a ghaist, flittin frae landwart tae seawart, frae here-an-nou, tae lang, lang Syne an tae ken the heids an herts o priest, tinker, cadger, witch, crofter, fisherman, bairn, orra body. Sae seamless is his scrievin that ye dinna remark the mudgins in perception in time an place. Ye paddle in the gaithert burn o consciousness sae that ye become a pairt o it; ye are at the hert o a commonty, a dirlin, history an a speeritual expairience... Gin ye need fushion fur yer mind an yer sowel ye canna dae better nor this. --Lallans Review
About the Author
George Mackay Brown is one of the major Scottish literary figures of the twentieth century. A prolific poet, short story writer and novelist, he took much of his inspiration from the myths and landscape of Orkney, and from his deep Catholic faith. His collection of short stories 'A Time to Keep' (1971) won the Katherine Mansfield Mentor short story prize and his novel 'Beside the Ocean of Time' was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994. He died in 1996.