ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: June 6, 2006
The Island of the Women
By (author) George Mackay Brown
“”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.
George Mackay Brown
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.