Dorothy Dunnett

(born 1923 - died 2001) - Dunfermline, Fife

Dorothy Dunnett

Dorothy Dunnett, one of Scotland’s best-known and popular writers, was born Dorothy Halliday in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1923. Educated in Edinburgh (at the same school as Muriel Spark, their times there overlapping slightly) she began her writing career in the 1950s and was a prolific writer until her death in 2001.

Most of Dorothy Dunnett’s output was historical fiction: The Lymond Chronicles and House of Niccolo, but she also wrote an espionage series under her maiden name, which starred 'Johnson Johnson' and his yacht, 'Dolly'.

She lived most of her life in Edinburgh where she was immersed in the cultural life of the capital and served on various boards and committees. Dunnett was awarded an OBE in 1992 for her services to literature.

Bibliography

  • The Game of Kings - 1961
  • Queen’s Play - 1964
  • The Disorderly Knights - 1966
  • Pawn in Frankincense - 1969
  • The Ringed Castle - 1971
  • Checkmate - 1975
  • King Hereafter - 1982

(House of Niccolo series)

  • Niccolo Rising - 1986
  • The Spring of the Ram - 1987
  • Race of Scorpions - 1989
  • Scales of Gold - 1991
  • The Unicorn Hunt - 1993
  • To Lie with Lions - 1995
  • Caprice and Rondo - 1997
  • Gemini - 2000
  • The Scottish Highlands - 1988
  • The Dorothy Dunnett Companion - by Elspeth Morrison -2001
  • The Dorothy Dunnett Companion, Vol II - by Elspeth Morrison and Dorothy Dunnett - 2002
  • The Lymond Poetry: A collection of European love poetry and ballads - compiled and translated by Dorothy Dunnett, edited by Elspeth Morrison - published 2003

As Dorothy Halliday, a series of detective novels:

  • Dolly and the Singing Bird, 1968 (later retitled Rum Affair)
  • Dolly and the Cookie Bird, 1970 (later retitled Ibiza Surprise)
  • Dolly and the Doctor Bird, 1971 (later retitled Operation Nassau)
  • Dorothy and the Starry Bird, 1973 (later retitled Roman Nights)
  • Dorothy and the Nanny Bird, 1976 (later retitled Split Code)
  • Dolly and the Bird of Paradise, 1980 (later retitled Tropical Issue)
  • Moroccan Traffic - 1991