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Letters from Hamnavoe


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A selection of George Mackay Brown's earlier articles from his weekly column in The Orcadian.

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In February 1971 George Mackay Brown wrote in The Orcadian: It is proposed each week to write a letter to some Stromness exile in Aukland or Vancouver or the Faulkland Islands (or anywhere els) letting him know some of the things they are saying along Victoria Street and Franklin Road.

It is a queer time, when you think of it, to begin letter-writing, because the postmen have been on strike for a month now, and this is almost certainly the only letter being written in Stromness today...

With those words, he started a weekly column that he would continue to write for over a quarter of a century, full of the clear-eyed observations, penetrating insights and vivid descriptions of Orkney life that have given pleasure to so many readers. 'Letters from Hamnavoe' is a selection of his earlier articles, as fascinating as when they were originally written.

A second publication of George Mackay Brown's articles is also available: Under Brinkie's Brae

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