Greenvoe is a tight-knit community on the Orcadian island of Hellya, unchanged for generations. A sinister military/industrial project, Operation Black Star, requires the island for unspecified purposes and threatens the islanders' way of life. In this, his first novel (1972), George Mackay Brown recreates a week in the life of the island community as they come to terms with the destructiveness of Operation Black Star. A whole host of characters - failed fisherman and Marxist The Skarf, boatman and ladies' man Ivan Westray, pious creeler Samuel Whaness, drunken fisherman Bert Kerston, earth-mother Alice Voar, and hard-drinking Timmy Folster - are brought to life in this mixture of prose and poetry.
"a poetic, distinguished and totally delightful Orcadian story... full of humour and sensitivity and of the unsentimental poetry of raw experience' - Sunday Times"
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 19th April 2007
Publisher: Birlinn General
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.18