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Dorothy Dunnett was born in 1923 in Fife, Scotland. She attended James Gillespie's High School for Girls where she was Intermediate Dux and specialised in art, leading to an early career as a professional portrait painter. At the same time she became an executive officer in the British Civil Service working first in Edinburgh and then moving to Glasgow. At her husband's suggestion, she began writing fiction in her late thirties and has now published 22 novels. Her first book, the bestseller Game of Kings was published in 1961 and was the first of the six-part Lymond series, set in the 16th century. She has since written a series of seven modern mystery novels featuring a yachtsman called Johnson, a single 11th century novel about Macbeth, King Hereafter, and a further series of historical novels called The House of Niccolo, set in the 15th century. The eighth and last book in this series is about to be published and will be celebrated later this year by international gatherings of readers in Edinburgh and Philadelphia, the latest of many formal and informal meetings of readers. All her novels have been published on both sides of the Atlantic and have been translated into many European languages. In 1984, readers of Dunnett's work in North America launched a regular private correspondence magazine which is now worldwide and published quarterly with subscribe


Published in 1966, 1961, 1969, and 1964, respectively, these four volumes are the first in Dunnett's popular "Lymond Chronicles," which follows the various adventures of Scottish nobleman Francis Crawford both at home and abroad. Dunnett has been dubbed the world's greatest living historical writer, and her books are an addiction. Librarians should note that the author is a past board member of the National Library of Scotland.

Praise for Dorothy Dunnett * - *
A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention * New York Times *
Marvellous, breathtaking * The Times *
A masterpiece of historical fiction * Washington Post *
One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas * Cleveland Plain Dealer *
Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety * The Times *
Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction * New York Times *

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