Sadly no mention of Rosemary Sutcliff as Lucy Mangan asks why some children’s stories survive multiple generations of young readers, while others enjoy short-lived glory
- The Falconer by Rosemary Sutcliff | 1952 miniature painting.
- Young adults not invented when eleven-year old CB read Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth
- Rosemary Sutcliff’s Carnegie-medal-winning The Lantern Bearers adapted for radio by Felix Fenton (1961)
- Sudden rise in RosemarySutcliff.com visitors from Israel
- Rudyard Kipling influenced Rosemary Sutcliff | From 1981
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- RS wrote a diary all her writing life, always same format and notebook-type pic.twitter.com/5YhjG6uRSF #rosemarysutcliffdiary #rsdiary | 3 hours ago
- @CathHanley So, were you disappointed (with The Eagle film of The Eagle of the Ninth book by Rosemary Sutcliff? | 20 hours ago
- RT @garthnix: @KateForsyth SIMON by Rosemary Sutcliff, FOR THE KING by Ronald Welch, C.V. Wedgewood's A COFFIN FOR KING CHARLES (non-fic) | 20 hours ago
- @HedgehogBooks @AmandaPCraig Excellent. Mr Bezos look out! | 23 hours ago
- Charles Keeping illustrated 10 of Rosemary Sutcliff's first 20 books. The Silver Branch (1957) to Blood Feud (1976). http://t.co/sfxBiR9z3Z | 1 day ago
- @HedgehogBooks @AmandaPCraig Re hedgehog proposal: do need work out how service in winter when you are asleep. Or owls and drones have it? | 1 day ago
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Guardian newspaper editorial 'in praise of' Rosemary Sutcliff, published in 2011,
Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 children's classic The Eagle of the Ninth (still in print more than 50 years on) is the first of a series of novels in which Sutcliff, who died in 1992, explored the cultural borderlands between the Roman and the British worlds – "a place where two worlds met without mingling" as she describes the British town to which Marcus, the novel's central character, is posted.
Marcus is a typical Sutcliff hero, a dutiful Roman who is increasingly drawn to the British world of "other scents and sights and sounds; pale and changeful northern skies and the green plover calling". This existential cultural conflict gets even stronger in later books like The Lantern Bearers and Dawn Wind, set after the fall of Rome, and has modern resonance. But Sutcliff was not just a one-trick writer.
The range of her novels spans from the Bronze Age and Norman England to the Napoleonic wars. Two of her best, The Rider of the White Horse and Simon, are set in the 17th century and are marked by Sutcliff's unusually sympathetic (for English historical novelists of her era) treatment of Cromwell and the parliamentary cause. Sutcliff's finest books find liberal-minded members of elites wrestling with uncomfortable epochal changes. From Marcus Aquila to Simon Carey, one senses, they might even have been Guardian readers.