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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; New ed edition (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904598188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904598183
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incantatory but down-to-earth, profound and often funny --Sunday Telegraph

At his best, Brown is Brown is a prose Hopkins, concerned with inscape, landscape turned inside-out, the rhythms informing the shape of things we see. --The Guardian

What illuminates and pleases, apart from the speech of his characters and the poetic imagery, is the insight into people. --The Scotsman

About the Author

George Mackay Brown is one of the major Scottish literary figures of the twentieth century. A prolific poet and novelist, he took much of his inspiration from the myths and landscape of Orkney, and also 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. Andrew Greig (b. 1951) is one of the leading Scottish writers of his generation. He has published six collections of poetry, including 'Men on Ice' and 'The Order of the Day' (Bloodaxe). He has written two books on his expeditions to the Himalayas and four novels, including 'Electric Brae' and 'That Summer'. He divides his time between Orkney and Sheffield.


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By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2011
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Mackay Brown adds to his reputation as a insightful bard of the ghosts of past and present, isolation and loss, the uncertainty of the future, and the yearning for love. All this is accomplished within an island setting, with the location mirroring the internal struggles and isolation of his sympathetically drawn characters. In this way, the particular becomes the universal, as the reader recognises the essential truths at the core of these haunting tales.
From his stone age 'standing stone' tale, through his returning ghost from the '45' rebellion, up to the present, his compassionate eye gently draws the frail, broken nature of flawed humanity, yet from this unpromising material there sometimes come wonders, whether of endurance, or succour, love and kindness. These are dark, but also healing and redeeming tales, laced with a modest magic. Beautifully told, spare and moving stories about darkness and light. Strongly recommended. If you enjoy this collection, other wonders await in A Calendar of Love and Other Stories or A Time to Keep. Happily there are further short story collections, novels, poetry and more from this gentle master.
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By ruth on 1 Feb. 2013
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ALL GEORGE MACKAY BROWN LOVERS..A CHARMING BOOK SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN.
i ONLY DISCOVERED THIS WONDERFUL AUTHOR RECENTLY AND AM NOW COLLECTING ALL OF HIS BOOKS.
Such a loss that he is no longer with us.
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GCould not get into in his style of writing. Neverless I have visited Orkney !!!!
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HASH(0x956f4318) out of 5 stars More Island Magic 12 Feb. 2011
By Sentinel - Published on Amazon.com
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Mackay Brown adds to his reputation as a insightful bard of the ghosts of past and present, isolation and loss, the uncertainty of the future, and the yearning for love. All this is accomplished within an island setting, with the location mirroring the internal struggles and isolation of his sympathetically drawn characters. In this way, the particular becomes the universal, as the reader recognises the essential truths at the core of these haunting tales.
From his stone age 'standing stone' tale, through his returning ghost from the '45' rebellion, up to the present, his compassionate eye gently draws the frail, broken nature of flawed humanity, yet from this unpromising material there sometimes come wonders, whether of endurance, or succour, love and kindness. These are dark, but also healing and redeeming tales, laced with a modest magic. Beautifully told, spare and moving stories about darkness and light. Strongly recommended. If you enjoy this collection, other wonders await in A Calendar of Love and Other Stories or A Time to Keep. Happily there are further short story collections, novels, poetry and more from this gentle master.
HASH(0x956f4378) out of 5 stars Excellent regional writing 22 Dec. 2015
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Brown is a great writer. His dedication to the life and times of his beloved Orkney is deeply felt in all of his stories. Anyone interested in these fascinating islands will enjoy Brown's many terrific stories.
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HASH(0x956e70f0) out of 5 stars Wonderful 28 Dec. 2013
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I am a big fan of Brown and I was not disappointed with this small paperback. I feel it a "must read" for fans of Scottish authors.
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