Dorothy Dunnett

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Narrated By: David Monteath

Duration: 1 day, 4 hours and 39 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audio edition of Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett, read by David Monteath.

It is 1557 and legendary Scottish warrior Francis Crawford of Lymond is once more in France. There he is leading an army to rout the hated English from Calais.

Yet while Lymond seeks victory on the battlefield he is haunted by his troubled past - chiefly the truth about his origins and his marriage (in name only) to young Englishwoman Philippa Somerville.

As the French offer him a way out of his marriage and his wife appears in France on a mission of her own, the final moves are made in a great game that has been playing out over an extraordinary decade of war, love and struggle - bringing the Lymond Chronicles to a spellbinding close.


Historical fiction, Historical crime & mysteries, Historical romance, Historical adventure fiction

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One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas

Cleveland Plain Dealer

A masterpiece of historical fiction

Washington Post

Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction

New York Times

Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety

The Times

Marvellous, breathtaking

The Times

A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention

New York Times

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