From Venice to Cathay …’ begins Niccolò Rising, placing the series firmly against a background of traders and merchants, and alluding to the network of ancient trade routes along which luxurious goods and exotic produce travelled between the markets of the east and the west. In this issue we visit Uzbekistan in the company of a Dunnett reader to experience the romance of the Silk Road and its influence on the novels.
This is the third year the Society has collaborated with the Historical Writers’ Association to run a short story competition, and we are delighted to publish the winning story in this issue.
John Banks, the narrator of the newly published House of Niccolò audiobooks, summarises the four months he spent in 2018 turning Dunnett’s books into audio productions. He began recording Niccolò Rising in June and completed Gemini in October, an amazing feat of dedication! His engaging article offers an entertaining insight into the business of recording an audiobook.
We have a detailed exposition that makes the case for Marthe knowing far more than we realise about the secrets within the Crawford family. Our covers series reaches the 1990s, with a touch more discernment shown in the image choices, and we travel with Lymond through ten cold winters.
Booking is still underway for our fabulous annual gathering in Edinburgh from 24-26 April 2020, but spaces for some of the events are filling up fast so don’t delay – register today! As in previous years a waiting list will be established for those who don’t quite make it in time. Check out the fabulous events programme and find the online booking form at weekend.dunnettcentral.org
Many congratulations to Kate Jewell who has won first prize in this year’s Historical Writers’ Assocation Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Award 2019. We are pleased to announce that an anthology of the six shortlisted entries is available from Amazon UK and Amazon USA. The ISBN is 978-1703350159.
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Issue 144 (Sept 2019) of our stunning quarterly magazine has been sent out to Dorothy Dunnett Society members.
Dorothy Dunnett’s talent as an artist is the subject of a couple of the articles in this issue, which features her portrait of Archie Abernethy on the front cover, said to be the only painting she made of a character from her books.
This issue features transcriptions of the talks given at this year’s Oxford Day. We consider the part played by Philippa as a supporting character to Lymond and we look at the role of maps in the novels.
Read more here.