The Dorothy Dunnett Society helps Dunnett readers around the world make contact and keep in touch with each other. Whether or not you’re a member of the Society, please feel free to sign our guest book and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
I have just finished my second re-read of the Johnson Johnson novels and it occurred to me that some of the characters that we love so well from the Lymond and Niccolo series have echoes in the Johnson Johnson stories. For example, from Dolly and the Nanny Bird is Joanna Emerson an echo of Philippa and Lenny Milligan an echo of Archie? From Moroccan Traffic - Professor Emerson's shooting of the mercenary who knew the truth about the death of Johnson's wife is a little strange. I wonder if Professor Emerson, Johnson's spy boss, would have turned out to be Johnson's arch enemy if Dorothy had been able to complete the last novel? Intriguing thoughts...
I can't understand why I never read Dorothy Dunnett before, but a recommendation from a book group friend has led to my most enjoyable reading experience ever. Have just finished the Lymond chronicles and am making myself wait a couple of weeks before I start them all over again. I am so looking forward to taking them more slowly second time around. How did the original readers cope, having to wait a few years before the next volume was published? It must have been so difficult!
So glad to find this page. A friend I was studying history with stuck "Game of Kings" in my hands saying "Read it or die" (almoste). I was not hard to convince, Six weeks later I was a Dunnettian. We gathered courage and wrote the author, who kindly wrote back in person (!). We were only too stupid not to dare ask for a meeting when on interrail in Scotland. Today I'm a writer too (sorry, only in Swedish this far), and I thank Dorothy Dunnet for the impact her books had on me, and for all the inspiration in creating interesting characters! hope to meet fellow Lymond saga-readers again at some point in life.
Have loved her books since I was a teenager (now 56!) and keep reading the few I own and still discover new bits a have missed before!
I still remember the surprise and heartache I felt when I discovered that she had passed away. I cherish her novels and keep them close at hand (and close at heart). Please keep me informed on any gatherings in her honor. I live in NYC and would be happy to attend any gatherings near (or far).
[Robin, the closest gathering to you last year was in Boston. We'll pass your details on.]