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Checkmate Paperback – 21 Oct 1976

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (21 Oct. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722131313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722131312
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.6 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,370,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the first time Dunnett's "Lymond Chronicles are available in the United States in quality paperback editions.
Sixth in the legendary "Lymond Chronicles, Checkmate takes place in 1557, where Francis Crawford of Lymond is once again in France, leading an army against England. But even as the Scots adventurer succeeds brilliantly on the battlefield, his haunted past becomes a subject of intense interest to forces on both sides. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dorothy Dunnett was born in 1923 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Her time at Gillespie's High School for Girls overlapped with that of the novelist Muriel Spark. From 1940-1955, she worked for the Civil Service as a press officer. In 1946, she married Alastair Dunnett, later editor of The Scotsman.
Dunnett started writing in the late 1950s. Her first novel, The Game of Kings, was published in the United States in 1961, and in the United Kingdom the year after. She published 22 books in total, including the six-part Lymond Chronicles and the eight-part Niccolo Series, and co-authored another volume with her husband. Also an accomplished professional portrait painter, Dunnett exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy on many occasions and had portraits commissioned by a number of prominent public figures in Scotland.
She also led a busy life in public service, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, a Trustee of the Scottish National War Memorial, and Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. She served on numerous cultural committees, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was awarded the Office of the British Empire for services to literature. She died on November 9, 2001, at the age of 78. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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A last book in a series as amazing as this must always have been a tough call, but Dunnett pulls it all together magnificently. More domestic in some ways that some of the other books, the focus narrows to the emotional. More powerful, gut-wrenching and ultimately satisfying than any of the others, this is a truly magnificent end to the most fabulous sequence of books.
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By Anon on 23 Nov. 2007
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The best book I have ever read.

This is writing of an exceptional standard, even in comparison with the other Lymond and Niccolo books. I don't know how many times I've read this book; I'm on my second copy, the first having fallen apart.
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Format: Hardcover
Checkmate is far and away one of my favorite books of all time. Historically accurate, impeccably researched and detailed, but with an emphasis on character amidst the intrigue. Francis Crawford is an amazing character, and the woman Philippa Somerville has become by book 6 is every bit his match intellectually and far surpasses him in determination. The grand tapestry of the Lymond Chronicles finally comes to a most satisfying conclusion full of angst, romance, pain, and humor. Who can forget after reading this book the mental image of Lymond having to slide under the table with Piero Strozzi in order to avoid laughing out loud as the King celebrates the "Triumph of Calais" complete with a re-enactment of Jason and the Argonauts? Dunnett writes in language that stays with you long after you've read it, the words taking on almost a musical cadence.
Tant que je vivre, mon coeur ne changera....
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Format: Hardcover
If you are this far into the series and have gotten to book 6 there are many things to be said and pondered. I love this series of books and they are currently my all time favorite. I will not spoil any of this adventure for you. All I will say is you will love and dread coming to the end. You will leave because it is what is required of you. Then, in awhile, you will be back to start the series all over again. Trying to answer the many questions you now know to ask.
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