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George Mackay Brown

George Mackay Brown

George Mackay Brown was born in October 1921 in Stromness, the Orkney Islands.  From his youth he was affected by tuberculosis.  Apart from a spell as a mature student at the University of Edinburgh and Newbattle Abbey College, he spent most of his life in his native islands.  They provided him with inspiration for his poems, short stories and novels. 

His books include The Golden Bird: Two Orkney Stories (1987), winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and Beside the Ocean of Time (1994), shortlisted for the Booker Prize and judged Scottish Book of the Year by the Saltire Society.

His autobiography, For the Islands I sing, was published shortly after his death. Mackay Brown died in 1996.

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