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This collection of stories demonstrates the full range of George Mackay Brown's literary talent. All of these sharply-etched fables deal with his perennial themes - love, violence, death and rebirth - and are set in an Orcadian world that spans myth and reality, past and present.
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.