It’s almost that time again! Our ninth IDDD will take place this year on Saturday 9th November. This is a fun and increasingly popular annual event that takes place around the globe, enabling Dorothy Dunnett readers and friends to get together at 1 pm local time wherever they are to raise a glass to the memory of our favourite author and absent friends. And if you can’t make it to a local gathering, please join us anyway in toasting Dorothy Dunnett.
Full details of IDDD 2019 are here.
The video of Henk Beentje’s wildly popular and witty talk on flora and fauna in the books of Dorothy Dunnett is now available. Watch it here!
Whispering Gallery receives some great unsolicited feedback:
The Dorothy Dunnett Society was delighted to donate funds to enable the recording of Dolly and the Singing Bird for listeners to the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s Talking Books. Well done Lesley Burnie, our wonderful treasurer, for thinking of it!
The Society donated £2,500 so that the RNIB, a registered UK charity, can produce the very first book in Dorothy Dunnett’s Johnson Johnson (or Dolly) series.
The move came after Lesley took part in a pub-quiz in the Canons’ Gait pub in Edinburgh last year to raise funds for RNIB’s Talking Books Library. The 30,000 titles in the library are all professionally narrated and recorded and lent out free to people with sight loss. Read more here …
Members of the Dorothy Dunnett Society have been keenly awaiting the latest issue of Whispering Gallery, our quarterly magazine, which has just been sent out. To have one posted to you four times a year, join the worldwide Dorothy Dunnett Society now. The annual subscription will go up in July so strike while the iron’s hot!
In this issue: The Lymond Chronicles have now been rereleased in the USA under the Vintage Books imprint. Anna Kaufman, commissioning editor for the books, tells us all about the republication process and how she, a long-time Dunnett fan, came to be involved.
We review this year’s Edinburgh Dunnett Weekend, and a chapter from Checkmate is the starting point from which one of our readers attempts to unlock Jerott’s inner character. Another reader revisits Dorothy Dunnett’s plot ideas for Lymond’s backstory, discussing why the events that serve as a prelude to The Game of Kings matter.
Spoiler warning: if you are a new reader, do not read the page shown in the image!
A new series begins that looks at the development of Scotland’s royal arms over five reigns, and our analysis of the cover artwork of those early editions of The Lymond Chronicles reaches the misleading – but always entertaining – designs for the mass-market paperbacks of the 1960s and ’70s.
We draw on the NLS Archive for Dorothy Dunnett’s character study for Gabriel, examine Will Scott’s choice of reading material, and return to 1999 to speculate on the outcome of The House of Niccolò before all was revealed in Gemini.