Whispering Gallery

Issue 143 of our stunning quarterly magazine was sent out to Dorothy Dunnett Society members in June 2019.

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 143Spoiler 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.


Whispering Gallery is the successor to a letterzine named Marzipan and Kisses, founded in the USA in 1984 by Jean Clissold and Karen Brandl.  From Issue 33, Dorothy Dunnett arranged for an international variant named Whispering Gallery to be created and published by the Dorothy Dunnett Foundation (DDF) for readers outside North America.

The DDF was wound up by Dorothy Dunnett in 2001 and its assets and rights assigned to the Dorothy Dunnett Society (then known as the Dorothy Dunnett Readers’ Association) which now publishes Whispering Gallery.  In 2001, Marzipan and Kisses ceased publication and Whispering Gallery became available for readers in North America as well as the rest of the world.

Since Val Bierman’s time, the editor’s role has been undertaken by unpaid volunteers, the latest of whom is Suzanne McNeill whose first issue was Issue 108 in September 2010.

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Magazine Editors
Marzipan and Kisses
1984–2001Jean Clissold with Karen Brandl
Whispering Gallery
1984–1986 (Issues 33–40)Edinburgh Book Festival Staff
1986–2004Valerie Bierman
2004–2007Denise Gannon
2007–Jun 2010Sandra Hall
Sep 2010–Suzanne McNeill

Submissions to Whispering Gallery

Issue NoCopy deadlineDistribution
144 – Sep 2019End Jul 2019End Sep 2019
145 – Dec 2019End Oct 2019End Dec 2019
146 – Mar 2020End Jan 2020End Mar 2020
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  • The editor has the final word on shortening any contribution, editing and deciding on the contents of Whispering Gallery.
  • Longer articles may be split and used in more than one issue.
  • Any contributions received by the editor after the deadline may be held over until the next issue.
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  • If your article includes quotations from the books, please supply the book title, part and chapter (for example: CM, Pt 3, Ch 13).
  • If possible, please send your contribution by e-mail to editor AT ddsoc.org. Otherwise, send your articles and letters to the editor at the address published in the most recent issue of Whispering Gallery.
  • Contributions are welcome whether or not you are able to send them by e-mail!

Note on Publication Rights:  The Dorothy Dunnett Society is the publisher of Whispering Gallery and holds the copyright and publication rights for all Whispering Gallery issues, whether published by the Dorothy Dunnett Society or by its predecessor organisations, the Dorothy Dunnett Foundation and the Dorothy Dunnett Readers’ Association.  It has also been given permission by Jean Clissold and Karen Brandl (Bound in Leather Press) to copy and distribute back issues of Marzipan and Kisses.