The Island of the Women

George Mackay Brown

A collection of short stories, exploring the author's concerns with history, spirituality, legend and storytelling.
Date Published :
September 2006
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781904598909
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock


"The Island of the Women" is George Mackay Brown's posthumously published collection of short stories, released in 1998, two years after the author's death. Like his previous collections, "A Time to Keep" and "A Calendar of Love", this volume explores Brown's concerns with history, spirituality, legend and storytelling. In the title story, Brown uses the famous Orcadian myth of the selkie, the seal-man. The story "Poet and Prince: A Fable", explores the role of the writer in society, a tale which begins in an unknown European state and concludes on Brown's beloved island.

About The Author

George Mackay Brown as born in Stromness, Orkney (the 'Hamnavoe' of his stories and poems), in 1921. He was at Newbattle Abbey College while Edwin Muir was Warden. He read English at Edinburgh University and afterwards did postgraduate work on Gerard Manley Hopkins. He became a Catholic in 1961. He died in Orkney in 1996.


George Mackay Brown is one of the masters of the short story form.

- Ali Smith

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