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New book: Women Writers and the Hero of Romance

wiltJudith Wilt, Newton College Alumni Chair Emerita at Boston College, USA, includes a chapter on the novels of Dorothy Dunnett in her new book Women Writers and the Hero of Romance, which is to be published in June 2014. Judith draws together classics including Wuthering Heights and Middlemarch, epics from Ayn Rand and Dorothy Dunnett, and pop culture romances from The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Sheik to the Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey sagas in a discussion that seeks to answer the question: What does the heroine seek from the hero in a romance – self enhancement or selfsharing? Submission or dominance? A place in this world or a world apart?

Women Writers and the Hero of Romance is published on 18 June by Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-1137426970.

You can order a copy now (or if the price is too eye-watering, you could ask your local library to do so!) using our special links below, which support the Dorothy Dunnett Society by earning a small referral fee:

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Edinburgh Dunnett Weekend 2014

Happy Hogmanay from the Dorothy Dunnett Society! Why not make 2014 the year you decide to visit Scotland and include the Edinburgh Dunnett Weekend, Friday 4th – Sunday 6th April 2014 at the Royal Over-Seas League?  We have some fantastic talks, events and visits organised for this fun and friendly weekend and, apart from the Saturday afternoon AGM, you don’t have to be a member of the DD Society to take part.  You can download the booking form, which contains details of all the events, here. Please send your booking to the address provided as soon as possible and to arrive no later than 31st January.
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Iceland: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide

iceland_guide_largerOut now: Iceland: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide, the essential companion to To Lie With Lions from the House Of Niccolò series, and written by Dunnett reader Alyson JK Bailes who lives and works in Iceland. Aimed at readers and travellers alike, it's packed full of quotations and a wealth of information that will help you trace Nicholas's travels around this fascinating country. Iceland: The Dorothy Dunnett Guide is available exclusively from the Dorothy Dunnett Society's website shop at and shipping is included in the price no matter where you live. Discounts are available for Dorothy Dunnett Society members and UK delivery addresses.

48 pages
Publication date: September 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9570046-2-7
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New release: Niccolò Rising audiobook

Niccolò Rising is now available as an unabridged audiobook, read by Gordon Griffin – and if you buy it using the Dorothy Dunnett Society's special Amazon link about 5% of what you spend will be donated to the Society as a referral fee.  (The Society will not know who you are.)  Buy Niccolò Rising on audio CD here.

Update 18 May 2014: The audiobook of Niccolò Rising is on sale at and at  If you use our affiliate links to buy it from Audible at full price or take out Audible membership in order to buy Niccolò Rising at a knockdown price, the Dorothy Dunnett Society will benefit.  Please visit for more details.
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Going inside real historical characters' heads

Here's a blog entry from Guy Gavriel Kay, a great Dorothy Dunnett fan, in which he discusses whether, in historical fiction, real figures should be confined to serving as backdrops for the playing out of the story of the author’s invented POV ones. He uses Dorothy's portrayal of Richard Chancellor as an example.
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The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Friday 02 November 2012 to Sunday 14 April 2013

The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of dramatic change in Northern Europe.  Monarchs vied for territorial power, religious reformers questioned the central tenets of the church and scholars sought greater understanding of their world.  Against this backdrop, artists produced works of extraordinarily diverse subject matter and superb technical skill.  This exhibition brings together over 100 works by the greatest Northern European artists of the period.  Among the highlights are prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer, mythological paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and preparatory drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger displayed alongside the finished oil portraits.

Even if you can't get to London to see this lovely exhibition, which was shown in Edinburgh last year at Holyrood, do take a look at the website, which is as informative as it is beautiful.
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Whispering Gallery

Whispering Gallery is a 44-page magazine published by the Dorothy Dunnett Society.  It contains articles and letters about the works of Dorothy Dunnett, the periods and locations in which they are set, and news about the Society’s activities. Whispering Gallery is published four times a year.

See what people are saying about Whispering Gallery!

Highlights of Issue 116, despatched to Dorothy Dunnett Society members in September 2012:

  • Oxford Day 2012
  • Dorothy Dunnett’s Fictional Mothers
  • Will Scott as Reader
  • Alice Perrers: A Fine Rival to Oonagh O’Dwyer
  • Macbeth and his Origins, Pt 1
  • The Plots Thicken: ‘Same Difference’ and The Lymond Chronicles
  • Discovering Dorothy Dunnett
  • Living Dreams
  • Reivers Reviewed: The Common Riding at Langholm
  • Alfred, Fraud Tennyson
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Heloise Merlin's Weblog

Do you, like Heloise here, find Lymond less annoying in The Ringed Castle than in the earlier ones?

Philippa "is even more of a presence here than in the preceding instalment, her narrative weight almost equal to Lymond’s, and at least to my taste, considerably less annoying. Although it has to be said that for the first time in the series I found Lymond neither cringe- nor eyeroll-inducing through the course of a whole novel – I am not sure whether by this volume Dorothy Dunnett has matured as a writer, or whether Lymond has matured as a character but his usual melodramatic histrionics seem to be completely absent from The Ringed Castle".