by George Mackay Brown - £7.99 Birlinn Publishers (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781846970832 | ISBN 10: 1846970830
George Mackay Brown was born the youngest child of a poor family in Stromness; his mother was a beautiful Gaelic-speaking woman, his father, a wit and singer, who also doubled as a postman and tailor.
Orkney was profoundly important to Mackay Brown - the island's community, history, folklore, language and natural cycle of life are at the very heart of everything he wrote - and, apart from a few years studying at Newbattle Abbey and the University of Edinburgh, he rarely left the island.
George Mackay Brown takes an honest look at himself in this touching memoir, which was published after his death in 1996, according to his instructions. By that time he was widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest poets and short story writers of his time.
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