GMB — Beside the Ocean of Time (1994)

Beside the Ocean of Time.jpgGMB. Beside the Ocean of Time. London: John Murray, 1994.

6 + 218 pages. 13.5 × 21.5 cm. Dust-wrapper designed by Charles Shearer.

A novel shortlisted for the Booker Prize; judged the Scottish Book of the Year by the Saltire Society. Dedicated to Erlend and Phyllis [Brown].

Second impression, 1994.

Contents: The Road to Byzantium — Bannockburn — A Man’s Life — Broch — The Muse — The Press-Gang and the Seal Dance — Aerodrome — Fisherman and Croftwoman.

Reviews: Laura Cumming, “An Orkney Flooded by the Past,” Glasgow Herald, 26 March 1994, p. 17. — Douglas Gifford, “The Never-ending Story,” Weekend Scotsman, 26 March 1994, p. 13. — Philip Hobsbaum, “Dreams of Old Orkney,” The Times, 31 March 1994, p. 41. — Bernard O’Donoghue, “Orkney Idylls,” Times Literary Supplement, 1 April 1994, p. 20 [reprinted Times Literary Supplement, 7 October 2011, p. 18]. — Geraldine Brennan, Observer, 10 April 1994, p. 17. — David Robson, “An Orcadian Odyssey,” Sunday Telegraph, 17 April 1994, p. 10. — Maggie Parham, “The Human Dance,” Tablet 248 (18 June 1994): 777–78. — Christina Hardyment, Independent, 17 September 1994, p. 27 [Web]. — “Mythical Voyage Is Literary Triumph,” Scotsman, 1 December 1994, p. 3. — Lesley Duncan, Glasgow Herald, 8 December 1994, p. 4. — Richard Henry, World Literature Today 69 (Autumn, 1995): 790–91.

Copies: Library of Congress [PR6052.R59 B47 1994 OVERFLOWA5S] — National Library of Scotland — Orkney Library [Orkney Room FIC Y].

GMB — Andrina and Other Stories (1983)

GMB. Andrina and Other Stories. London: Chatto and Windus/Hogarth Press, 1983.

156 pages. 12.5 × 19.6 cm. Dust-wrapper. Dedicated to John L. Broom.

Acknowledgments: “Acknowledgements are made for stories already printed or broadcast as follows: ‘Michael Surfax, Whaler’: New England Review and the Scotsman; ‘A Winter Legend’: BBC; ‘An Epiphany Tale’: Scottish Field; “The Chamber of Poetry[‘]: Rhythm of the Glass (Paul Harris Publishing); ‘A Candle for Milk and Grass’: Glasgow Herald; ‘The Box of Fish’: the Scotsman; ‘Poets’: BBC; ‘King and Shepherd’: Brunton’s Miscellany; ‘Andrina’: the Scottish Review, BBC; ‘The Feast at Paplay’: Scottish Short Stories (William Collins); ‘The Day of the Ox’: New Edinburgh Review; ”The Lost Boy’: the Scotsman; ‘Darkness and Light’: the Scotsman.”

Contents: Michael Surfax, Whaler — A Winter Legend — An Epiphany Tale — The Chamber of Poetry — A Candle for Milk and Grass — The Box of Fish — Poets — King and Shepherd — Andrina — Magi — The Feast at Paplay — The Day of the Ox — The Battle in the Hills — The Lost Boy — Men and Gold and Bread — Darkness and Light.

Galley proofs and typescripts for the book are in the Orkney Library & Archive (D124/14). The following stories do not appear in the book but are included among the typescripts: “The Battle in the Hills,” “The Golden Coat,” “Darkness and Light,” “The Satirist,” “Gold Dust,” “The Skald in the Cave,” “Lord of Silence,” and “The Battle in the Hills.”

Reviews: Cuthbert Graham, “The Essence of Orkney,” Aberdeen Press and Journal, Weekend Journal, 19 February 1983, p. 8. — Isobel Murray, “When Small Is Beautiful,” Weekend Scotsman, 19 February 1983, p. 5. — Valentine Cunningham, “Bucketful of Gothic,” Observer, 20 February 1983, p. 33. — Alan Bold, “Building a House of Fiction from Myth, Legend and Fairy Tale,” Sunday Standard, 20 February 1983, p. 4. 11. — Isobel Murray, “Orkney Isles,” Financial Times, 26 February 1983, p. 14. — Douglas Dunn, “The Supernatural Frisson,” Times Literary Supplement, 1 April 1983, p. 324. — Philippa Toomey, “Tales of Orkney,” Tablet 237 (2 April 1983): 328. — Nicholas Shakespeare, Sunday Times, 12 June 1983, p. 44. — John Mellors, Listener 109 (9 June 1983): 26. — Maurice Fleming, “Master of Prose,” Scots Magazine n.s. 119 (August 1983): 480. — A. D. Nuttall, “World’s Loneliest Literature,” New York Times Book Review, 9 September 1984, p. 32.

Copies: Library of Congress [Rare Books PR6052.R59 A83 1983] (two copies). — Orkney Library [Orkney Room FIC Y].


Paperback reprint (1984):

GMB. Andrina and Other Stories. London: Triad/Panther, 1984.

Copies: British Library [General Reference Collection X.958/26139] — National Library of Scotland. — Orkney Library [Orkney Room FIC Y]


Japanese translation (2006):

GMB. Andrina and Other Stories. Tokyo: Alba Shobo, 2006.

Copy: Orkney Library [Orkney Reserve FIC Y].

Yamada — Supplement to the Bibliography (1998)

Yamada, Osamu. “A Supplement to the Bibliography of George Mackay Brown.” Dokkyo University Studies in English, no. 49 (August 1998): 133–54.

A supplement to his bibliography published in 1991. “I collected these pieces in the summer of last year chiefly at the National Library of Scotland and at the Orkney Library. The previous bibliography and this supplement are to be combined and be published with other essays on George Mackay Brown and his works in a single book at the end of this year or early next year” (p. 133).

GMB — Twelve Poems (1968)

GMB. Twelve Poems. 3rd ser. Belfast: Festival Publications, Queens University of Belfast, 1968.

Dedicated to Patrick Hughes.

Acknowledgments: “Some of these poems have appeared in Gambit, Extra Verse, Scotsman, Scottish Field, Lines Review, New Statesman, Spectator, Listener, Atlantic Monthly; and in Honour’d Shade (an anthology).”

Contents: Deor (from the Old English) — A Battle in Ulster — Quand vous serez bien vielle — Song for a Dry Time — Unpopular Fisherman — Fiddlers at the Wedding — Fisherman’s Bride — The Escape of the Hart — Three Island Saints (a poem for a sick friend) — Unlucky Boat — Island Kirkyard — Black Furrow, Gray Furrow.

Copy: National Library of Scotland [1972.4].

GMB — Epiphany Tales (2009)

Epiphany TalesGMB. Epiphany Tales. Lastingham, North Yorkshire: Celtic Cross, 2009.

Editorial note: “These stories are published by kind permission of the estate of George Mackay Brown | THE TRYST OF THE KINGS was written in 1974 and first appeared in the Glasgow Herald | THE SELLER OF SEA WINDS was written in 1992 and is previously unpublished.”

Colophon: “These stories are hand-set in Goudy Old Style and printed letterpress on Somerset wove paper at | THE | CELTIC | CROSS | PRESS | The book is hand-sewn into BFK Rives card covers ¶ The images are drawn by Rosemary Roberts and printed from metal line blocks ¶ This limited edition of 145 numbered copies is signed by the artist-printer | Rosemary Roberts | copy no [] | 2009.”

Contents: The Tryst of the Kings — The Seller of Sea Winds.

Copies: British Library [General Reference Collection H.2010/.9406] — National Library of Scotland [PB8.214.55/9].

GMB — Hooded Fisherman (1985)

GMB. The Hooded Fisherman: A Story. [Frenich, Perthshire]: Kulgin D. Duval and Colin H. Hamilton, 1985.

Illustrated with linocuts by Charles Shearer. 205 copies, of which 55 are signed by GMB and Shearer. Printed by Francis Cleverdon at The Trumpet Press. Dedicated to Parameswaran, a young Indian who worked for Duval and Hamilton.

For an account of how and where the story was printed, see George Mackay Brown.

Copy: Library of Congress [Rare Books PR6052.R59 H6 1985]. — National Library of Scotland [H1.88.260].