In this, George Mackay Brown's first collection of short stories, the themes he would develop over his career are set out - an obsession with his home Orkney, its dark and violent Viking past, the cycle of the seasons, and the struggle of its inhabitants.
The characters of these stories - the fishermen, the crofters, the farmers and the wild tinkers - are all struggling to live their lives and find their identities in a harsh habitat and a cruel age.
The stories in this collection share the same melancholy tone and sense of the ceaseless renewal made possible by the natural cycle.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Birlinn General
- Publication Date: 14/05/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781904598732