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Rockpools and Daffodils: An Orcadian Diary, 1979-91 Hardcover – 1 Oct 1992

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gordon Wright Publishing Ltd (Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903065762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903065764
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is another fine selection of George Mackay Brown's columns from The Orcadian, in a similar vein to "Under Binkie's Brae" and "Letters from Hamnavoe". This selection covers the period 1979 - 1991, and includes many of GMB's favourite themes and topics. It's a delightful read, although I found the double-column layout of the pages initially off-putting.
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