UK publisher Michael Joseph will be re-issuing critically-acclaimed Scottish novelist Dorothy Dunnett’s backlist, including the complete Lymond Chronicles, the full House of Niccolò series and Dunnett’s stand-alone novel, King Hereafter.
Frequently described as the finest historical fiction writer of her time, Dunnett earned worldwide acclaim for her blend of scholarship and imagination. The six-volume Lymond Chronicles and the eight-volume House of Niccolò series, both set in medieval Europe, are epic novels of ambition, adventure and political intrigue, teeming with culture and wit. Her standalone novel, King Hereafter, tells the 11th century story of Earl Thorfinn of Orkney, whom Dunnett believed was King Macbeth. In 2014 Dunnett’s hero, Francis Crawford of Lymond, was voted the greatest fictional character in Scottish literature – beating the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and Ivanhoe. Dunnett died on 9th November 2001, having sold half a million copies internationally.
The Lymond Chronicles and House of Niccolò series will be released with a consistent new look, and Dunnett’s standalone novel, King Hereafter will be released with a similar rebrand. Curtis Brown have also closed a major TV deal with Mammoth Screen (Poldark, Victoria and Parade’s End) for the Lymond Chronicles series.
Jillian Taylor, Senior Editor at Michael Joseph, says: ‘The time is right to reintroduce Dorothy’s writing to a new audience. Her novels are densely and lushly written, with the psychological complexity of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and plotting worthy of Alexandre Dumas. Many, many writers owe a debt to Dorothy, and her originality, meticulous scholarship and truly unforgettable characters will enthral readers all over again.
Norah Perkins, at Curtis Brown, says: ‘A true Renaissance woman, Dorothy Dunnett was a Scottish writer of the highest international calibre. Written with style, powerful intelligence, high comedy and panache, her books are beloved by hundreds of thousands of readers from around the world. We are thrilled that with this important re-issue they will beguile a new generation, and confirm Dorothy’s standing as one of the great writers of the twentieth century.’
Dunnett’s six-volume Lymond Chronicles and her standalone novel King Hereafter will be published in September 2017. The complete House of Niccolò series will follow in 2018.