‘Dolly’ recorded for the RNIB talking books library

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 …


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Whispering Gallery 143 is out!

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!

Whispering Gallery 143In 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.

Whispering Gallery 143

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.


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Essex Day 2019

Essex Day 2019

The 2019 Essex Day will be held at Denise’s studio on Saturday 27th July from 10 am to 5 pm, organised by Dorothy Dunnett Society members Denise Gannon and Linda Butcher. Download the booking form here.

Craft Arena
Studios 49–51, The Village
Barleylands Road
CM11 2UD

Our keynote speaker is Christine Brewster who will be giving a talk on Saxon Essex: History and Literature.  Denise will be taking on the mantle of Michel Hérisson, Archi Abernaci and Colard Manson, giving a workshop where you will make your own printing block (no carving skills needed!) and print a bag with a medieval tile design. If time and inclination allow, you could stitch into your design.

For our general discussion time, we would like you to bring your favourite child-related piece, happy or sad, from any of Lady Dunnett’s works. We would also ask you to consider your secret villain crush, male or female, and be prepared to defend your reasons!

Lunch will be taken in Tiptree Tea Rooms at Barleylands where you may choose a light lunch or something more filling.

An early evening meal (at around 6pm) will be arranged in nearby Billericay for those that wish it.

Please return the booking form by Friday 5th July with your payment of £25.00 to:

In association with the Dorothy Dunnett Society

Mrs Linda Butcher
11 Martindale Rd
SS15 4EP

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Download the booking form here.


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Lymond is Back – In the USA

On 14th May 2019, the Lymond Chronicles were republished in paperback in the USA, with brand new covers.  For more information, see here:


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International Dorothy Dunnett Day 2019

IDDD will take place all over the world on Saturday 9th November. More details are on the way!


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