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George Mackay Brown was born in Stromness in the Orkney Islands in 1921. He studied at Newbattle Abbey under Edwin Muir and read English at Edinburgh University. He has published many books including plays, poems, novels and collections of short stories. Edwin Muir described his work as possessing 'a strangeness and magic rare anywhere in literature today'.
Apart from his years of study on the mainland, George Mackay Brown has scarcely left Orkney, and the imagery and history of the islands have been the inspiration for all his work.
His most recent novel, Beside the Ocean of Time, also published by Flamingo, was shorlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize.