Orkney and North-East Scotland: the Dorothy Dunnett Guide

We are pleased and proud to announce the publication of Orkney and North-East Scotland: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide. Order here.

‘They’re rebuilding the church of the old Pictish monastery. And now they have the feel of it, they’ve decided to knock down part of Earl Sigurd’s hall and build a better one. With heating-flues, and a water-channel, and bath-house outside. Some of the houses are being rebuilt as well, and they are to repair the slipway.’ (Groa explains the renovations at Birsay; KH, Pt 3, Ch 12)

Orkney and North-East Scotland: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide – 80 pages of quotes, texts and illustrations that explore locations in Thorfinn’s Orkney, his Caithness earldoms and his Moray mormaerdom.

 Covering mainly the first two parts of the novel it features, amongst others, Deerness, Birsay and Orphir in Orkney, Thurso, Ham and Freswick in Caithness, the battle that opens the possibility of the kingship of Alba, Duftah’s St Colman’s and Deer, the places where Thorfinn recuperates from Dunsinane and Lumphanan, where he meets his end.

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Whispering Gallery 150

Whispering Gallery 150Whispering Gallery 150 is out! Our quarterly magazine is dropping through the letterboxes of Dorothy Dunnett Society members around the world, and it’s a bumper issue, much of it dedicated to the book Dunnett herself considered her finest work, King Hereafter. Read more.

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Whispering Gallery 149

Issue 149 of our stunning quarterly magazine was sent out to Dorothy Dunnett Society members in December 2020.

Whispering Gallery 149The epic sword fight between Lymond and Richard at Flaw Valleys is one of the great set pieces in the novels. December’s Whispering Gallery focuses on the choreography of the fight as Dorothy Dunnett describes it, comparing the scene to sword fights in well-known films and to the techniques used in contemporary fencing … Read more

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Lisa Hopkins – Jean de la Valette and Caterina Cornaro in Dunnett: important or not?

 

Saturday 21 November, 17:00 (5pm) UK time (GMT)

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University) explores the question of why Dorothy Dunnett backgrounded these two historically important characters. She’ll discuss their respective places in Dunnett’s two series, and their locations, Malta and Cyprus.

Join the talk and Q&A (via Zoom) in honour of International Dorothy Dunnett Day 2020.


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Space is limited but the talk will be recorded and available to view later so that no one will miss out.

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Bookmarks: the Lymond Chronicles

On sale now in our online shop! A set of six beautiful bookmarks designed by botanical artist Claudia Lane, each exquisite illustration accompanied on the reverse side by the quotation that inspired it from a book in The Lymond Chronicles.

Dorothy Dunnett Society member Claudia has a Certificate in Botanical Arts and teaches at the Chicago Botanic Garden school. She is on the board of the American Society of Botanical Art, and will serve as president, 2021 through 2023. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and she has been approved to participate in the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual show.

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