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The Life of George MacKay Brown
Maggie Fergusson
0719556597
Apr 2006
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Interrogation of Silence: The Writings of George Mackay Brown
Brian Murray *
0719559294
June 2004
Hardcover
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The Making of Orcadia: Narrative Identity in the Prose Work of George Mackay Brown, Vol. 6
Berthold Schoene
3631487703
July 1995
Paperback
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Magnus
George MacKay Brown
0862418143
June 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
This hilarious novel charts the rise and fall of Magnus Merriman - would-be lover, writer, politician, idealist and crofter - moved by dreams of greatness and a talent for farcical defeat. A satirical and irreverent portrait of Scottish life, literature and politics. Nothing is sacred and no-one is spared!


Scottish Writers Talking
Isobel Murray (Editor)
189841078X
January 1996
Hardcover
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Shouting It Out
Tom Powl
0340655011
October 1995
Paperback
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Six Lives of Fankle the Cat
George MacKay Brown
0863154034
Jan 2002
Paperback
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The Scotsman
"Reading this book is pure joy."

Book Description
Tom Strynd says that he is going to drown Fankle the cat in the millpond—unless Jenny rescues him. So, even though her mother hates cats, Jenny takes him home. Fankle tells Jenny the stories of his various lives—with pirates, in ancient Egypt, and even with China’s Empress. George Mackay Brown weaves the story of Orkney’s villagers in his own inimitable style, a rewarding read for adults and children alike.

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Travellers: Poems
George MacKay Brown
0719560233
November 2001
Paperback
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From Booklist
Often volumes of previously uncollected work by prolific authors seem to be published just for the sake of completeness. Not so with this gathering of poems by the late Orkney writer. Although they don't disclose hitherto hidden aspects of Brown, but are of a piece with the poems in the books he himself prepared, they aren't inferior or scrappy. They are polished accomplishments, neither a word too short nor one too long. They have the tang of salt, the must of good soil, the sting of the North Atlantic wind, and the warmth of an ancient community--qualities informing and animating everything Brown, a poet of place if ever there was one, wrote. Many of them are occasional, written for weddings, memorials, dedications, and other events. Several take up the Catholic poet's beloved Easter and Christmas yet again. A suite of...


The Sea and the Tower
George MacKay Brown
1896209009
Dec 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description
Beautifully illustrated Homeric poems of love and longing by one of Scotland's greatest poets


Winter Tales
George MacKay Brown
0750510900
January 1997
Hardcover
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From Booklist
These 18 stories by Orkney poet Brown are as poetic as any of his verse; indeed, the shortest, especially "Shell Story," about the widows of lost fishermen tossing scraps to gulls, are prose poems, although in the manner of folktales rather than the meditation or wry jape usual for the form. Several stories are, like many Brown poems, calendars consisting of 12 monthly sections, always ending at Yuletide. They range in style from the 12 tiny impressions that add up to "A Nativity Tale" to long character sketches, such as "Ikey," about a tinker (itinerant) boy who is a mascot to the stabler folk of the islands he tramps, and "The Woodcarver," a dourly comic look at a genuine folk artist. A few stories are sui generis, "Lieutenant Bligh and Two Midshipmen" outstandingly so; read it to learn what historical fiction ought to...


Beside the Ocean of Time
George MacKay Brown
1896209122
March 1994
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Brown's sweet coming-of-age novel about a fantasy-prone adolescent growing up in the Orkney Islands just before WWII offers some moving passages and fine, delicate prose but is sabotaged by a paucity of plot and narrative drive. Thorfinn Ragnarson is the daydreaming son of a tenant farmer, avoiding both work and school despite the best efforts of family, friends and neighbors. Instead, the boy dreams up elaborate historical fantasies. In a series of odd yet intriguing chapters, Brown (Vinland) transforms Thorfinn into a Viking traveler, a freedom-fighter for Bonnie Prince Charlie and the colleague of a Falstaffian knight who participates in the Battle of Bannockburn. The author then hurls his protagonist into the future as Thor, who returns to the Orkneys as an adult and recalls his internment in a German POW...


Calendar of Love: And Other Stories
George MacKay Brown
0719560217
January 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Released in 1967 and 1969, respectively, these volumes were Brown's first and second short story collections, which, combined, offer 26 portraits of small-town life. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Many are the pleasures to be had from surrendering to the voice and guidance of a master."

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Beside the Ocean of Time
George MacKay Brown
1904598293
Mar 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Brown's sweet coming-of-age novel about a fantasy-prone adolescent growing up in the Orkney Islands just before WWII offers some moving passages and fine, delicate prose but is sabotaged by a paucity of plot and narrative drive. Thorfinn Ragnarson is the daydreaming son of a tenant farmer, avoiding both work and school despite the best efforts of family, friends and neighbors. Instead, the boy dreams up elaborate historical fantasies. In a series of odd yet intriguing chapters, Brown (Vinland) transforms Thorfinn into a Viking traveler, a freedom-fighter for Bonnie Prince Charlie and the colleague of a Falstaffian knight who participates in the Battle of Bannockburn. The author then hurls his protagonist into the future as Thor, who returns to the Orkneys as an adult and recalls his internment in a German POW...


Greenvoe
George MacKay MacKay Brown
190459817X
November 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Greenvoe, the tight-knit community on the Orcadian island of Hellya, has existed unchanged for generations. However, a sinister military/industrial project, Operation Black Star, requires the island for unspecified purposes and threatens the islanders' way of life. In this, his first novel (1972), George MacKay Brown recreates a week in the life of the island community as they come to terms with the destructiveness of Operation Black Star.


Vinland
George MacKay Brown
1904598331
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Vinland, George Mackay Brown's fourth novel, follows the turbulent life of Ranald Sigmundson, a young boy born into the Dark Ages, when Orkney was torn between its Viking past and its Christian future. This book takes the reader on a journey from Orkney, over to Norway, into Iceland and Ireland, recreating with historical accuracy the customs and landscapes of the time while bringing the age to life through a large cast of engaging characters. Through the telling of Ranald's story, Mackay Brown displays abundant knowledge about many facets of early Orkney life, of seamanship, marriage customs, beliefs and traditions and his portrayal of this age extends to the routine of the Norwegian Royal court. Traditional poetry is scattered throughout Mackay Brown's prose adding a richness and depth to the tale he tells. Lore and...


Hawkfall
George MacKay Brown
1904598188
April 2005
Paperback
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The Sunday Telegraph
"Incantatory but down-to-earth, profound and often funny"

Iain Crichton Smith, The Scotsman
"What illuminates and pleases, apart from the speech of his characters and the poetic imagery, is the insight into people"

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