All six of the stories by Brown on the Scottish Set Text collection are taken from one book of short stories, A Time to Keep. First published in 1969, this was Brown’s second prose publication. It was received favorably by critics and went on to win the Scottish Arts Council Fiction award for 1969 and the Katherine Mansfield Menton Short Story Prize in 1971.
The collection did cause some controversy in Orkney. Some Orcadians felt that the stories provincialized aspects of Orcadian life.
Nowadays, this collection of short stories is generally regarded as being amongst Brown’s finest work, and one of the best collections of Scottish short stories from the 20th century.