George Mackay Brown was a master of the short story form and prproduced a steady stream of short story collections as well as his poetry and novels. This selection explores his Orkney and the ups and downs of the crofters and fishermen there.
Set on a farming estate in the upper reaches of the River Spey,Â Of Stone and SkyÂ follows several generations of a shepherding family in a paean to the bonds between people, their land and way of life. It is a profound mystery, a passionate poem, a political manifesto, shot through with wisdom and humour.
April 1947. In a run-down farmhouse on a remote Scottish island, George Orwell begins his last and greatest work – ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’. Forty-four years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that within three winters will take his life, Orwell comes to see the book as his legacy – the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the 20th century have threatened. Completing the book is an urgent task, a race against death. In this illuminating novel, Dennis Glover masterfully explores the creation of Orwell’s classic work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the 20th century.