Rockpools and Daffodils: An Orcadian Diary, 1979-91 Hardcover – 1 Oct 1992
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Read this book and discover the poet, his sources and his muse. You won't be disappointed. -- The Scots Magazine, 1992
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George Mackay Brown is well known for his poetry, novels, plays and short stories. Much of his fiction and verse is based on his life in Orkney, especially his childhood.
The sources - the notes - for poetry and narrative are to be found here, in this selection of the weekly column he writes for the Orkney newspaper 'The Orcadian', called 'Under Brinkie's Brae'. (Brinkie's Brae is the hill that guards Stromness, from the west.)
Rockpools and Daffodils come into these short stories fairly frequently. A rockpool is a fragment of the sea that the shore crevices hold, tremulously and beautifully, for a few hours only. Daffodils are the heralds of spring in the northern islands; suddenly they are there, lighting us through the last shadows of winter, brief lyrical candles. Between these two delicate harbingers is the stone sea-washed storied town of Stromness (or Hamnavoe).
A stone lasts a little longer than April flowers or those frail rock-caught Atlantic mirrors. But Brinkie's Brae, with its granite, having stamped its name on the last collection, perhaps 'Rockpools and Daffodils' seems an appropriate title for this one. It will be welcomed, not only by the general reader, far from Orkney, and the Orcadians who delight in G.M.B.'s weekly musings, but also by students and scholars eager to trace the origins of many of the author's subsequently published works.
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