The Island of the Women

By George Mackay Brown

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A collection of short stories, exploring the author's concerns with history, spirituality, legend and storytelling.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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"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.

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Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 26 Jul 2006
ISBN 9781904598909
Number of Pages 320

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'George Mackay Brown is one of the masters of the short story form.' - Ali Smith

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