Vinland, George Mackay Brown's fourth novel, follows the turbulent life of Ranald Sigmunson, a young boy born into the Dark Ages, when Orkney was torn between its Viking past and its Christian future. Lore and legend, the elemental pull of the sea and the land, the sweetness of the early religion and the darker, more ancient rites, weave through this exquisite celebration of Orcadian history and the inexorable seasons of life.
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‘whether he is describing the perils of crossing the Atlantic with nothing to steer by but the moon and the stars, or the fascination felt by a young Orcadian boy at the sumptuous choice of cheeses at the Norwegian court, Mackay Brown enters instinctively into the lives of his characters with exhilarating sureness of touch. A fascinating emotional odyssey, a novel with tone and integrity which cuts surprisingly deep.’
David Robson, Sunday Telegraph
‘Abundant knowledge of lore and legend, skills of seamanship and husbandry weave through the text ,like strands in a magic carpet. Entirely delightful. Mackay Brown writes from the inside, in prose as poised as his tale is fresh and entirely delightful. No writer alive is more refreshing or entertaining than George Mackay Brown at his vintage best.’
Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday
‘A precise, poetic and dazzling writer’
'A fascinating emotional odyssey' Sunday Telegraph
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Book Description Flamingo, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 244 pages. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007292929
Book Description HARPER COLLINS, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. 9780007292929 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # HTANDREE0980631