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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Russia: the Dorothy Dunnett Guide

Russia: the Dorothy Dunnett guide

Just published! Would you like to explore the Russia experienced by Francis Crawford of Lymond and Nicholas de Fleury in Dorothy Dunnett’s novels, The Ringed Castle and Caprice and Rondo?

Russia: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide describes many of the locations which feature in the novels, both in Moscow and beyond, and will enable you to glimpse Russia’s golden-domed capital, its towns and its countryside through the eyes of Lymond and Nicholas.

The guide contains fascinating insights into Russia and its history; locations from the books and of the period, with quotations to remind you of their context within the novels; visits to museums and other sites of interest; maps old and new; and beautiful historical illustrations. This is the essential guide for any Dunnett reader visiting Russia in person, or just in their imagination.

You can order your copy now from our online shop.

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International Dorothy Dunnett Day 2020

The tenth annual IDDD is on Saturday 14 November, 2020. This is certainly a year like no other in the history of our IDD Days, but Dunnett groups around the world are still marking their calendars and making plans! Virtually or in person, groups will be meeting, and at 13.00 (1 pm) local time, they will raise a toast to the Lady who started it all, and to absent friends. Read more on our dedicated IDDD page.

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