Enigmatic mysterious intriguing: George Mackay Brown was a notoriously private man. He rarely left his native Orkney, and yet became one of the 20th century s finest poets and prose stylists. In his prolific writings, George Mackay Brown s spirituality and his love of the wind-scoured island landscape fused to give us some of the most beautiful poetry and prose in the English language. His work is shot through with glimpses of the divine.Ron Ferguson, who was described by George Mackay Brown as a true craftsman in literature , is an award-winning writer and former Presbyterian minister of Orkney s St Magnus Cathedral. With curiosity and passion, Ferguson tracks his friend s literary and spiritual journey, including his controversial move from Presbyterianism to Roman Catholicism. He explores the darker, more tormented, side of Orkney s bard and uncovers the intense relationship between alcohol, suffering and creativity. This is a riveting journey. Along the way, the author is forced to question some of his own assumptions. And the reader is swept along on a literary and spiritual voyage of discovery that compels to the very end. The author draws on previously unpublished letters and original conversations with many well-known writers and friends of George Mackay Brown. He quotes extensively from the poet s writings and weaves a brilliant and enriching narrative. He arrives at the end with fresh and startling insights into George Mackay Brown s life and work.