George Mackay Brown was born in Stromness, Orkney, on 17th October 1921. He died there in 1996. He grew up in fairly strained circumstances as his father was unable to work through illness. Mackay Brown himself suffered from tuberculosis as a young man. In his twenties he worked as a journalist on the ‘Orkney Herald,’ but at the age of 30 he left Orkeny to study at Newbattle Abbey College, near Edinburgh, where he met Edwin Muir, who was Warden at the time, a meeting that had a profound influence on him. Muir encouraged his writing and wrote the introduction to Mackay Brown’s first full collection of poems, ‘The Storm’, which Galileo is proud to be republising. He left behind him an extraordinary body of work: novels, short stories, poetry, journalism and even two operatic collaborations with Peter Maxwell Davis. This edition is illustrated with paintings by Julia Sorrell.