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George Mackay Brown : the life

Author: Maggie Fergusson
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"George Mackay Brown was one of Scotland's greatest twentieth-century writers, though in person a bundle of paradoxes. He had a wide international reputation but hardly left his native Orkney. A prolific poet, and hailed by the composer Peter Maxwell Davies as 'the most positive and benign influence ever on my own efforts at creation', he was also an accomplished novelist and a master of the short story. When he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Mackay Brown; George Mackay Brown; George Mackay Brown
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maggie Fergusson
ISBN: 0719556597 9780719556593
OCLC Number: 62796378
Awards: Winner of Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book Award: First Book 2007
Winner of Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2006
Short-listed for James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Biography) 2007
Short-listed for Costa Biography Award 2006
Description: xiv, 363 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Maggie Fergusson.
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