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George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

Linden Bicket

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An innovative study of George Mackay Brown as a Scottish Catholic writer with a truly international reach

This lively new study is the very first book to offer an absorbing history of the uncharted territory that is Scottish Catholic fiction. For Scottish Catholic writers of the twentieth century, faith was the key influence on both their artistic process and creative vision.

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Chapter 1: The Scottish Catholic Literary Imagination
Chapter 2: A Biography of Faith
Chapter 3: Mary
Chapter 4: Magnus
Chapter 5: The Nativity of Christ
Epilogue: The Last Things
Works Cited

About the Author

Linden Bicket is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Divinity in New College, at the University of Edinburgh. Originally from Ayrshire, she was awarded her PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2012. She has published widely on George Mackay Brown, and her research focuses on patterns of faith and skepticism in the fictive worlds of story, film, and theatre


Bicket mounts a persuasive, well-researched, and elegant argument for the centrality of Brown’s faith to his writing. George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination will undoubtedly reshape many readers’ perceptions of Brown, and is a milestone in the critical reception of his work. Just as importantly, however, it suggests new directions for the study of modern Scottish literature... it is a refreshingly original analysis, and deserves to be read by a wide audience.

- Timothy C. Baker, University of Aberdeen, Scottish Literary Review

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