Rosemary Sutcliff inspired Bob Williams-Findlay, who is himself a writer, as he explains in a brief but touching post he left today :
I was a teenager when I read The Eagle Of The Ninth and it inspired me to both read and write. I told my teacher I wanted to be a writer, but being a disabled person, I doubted I would succeed. Not too long after the school had a visitor, it was Rosemary. I had my answer and I still have the passion for writing. In my opinion Rosemary is up there with the best.