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.