Rosemary Sutcliff dedicated Brother Dusty Feet (on BBC Radio 4 extra, starting this week) to my grandfather, Harold Lawton, who lived in Parkstone, Dorset.
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- Rosemary Sutcliff on writing historical novels and children’s books: “I start with an idea, never a plot” and “I do not write to a standard length”
- Aim for the stars and you may end up on a lamp-post | Author Rosemary Sutcliff’s motto
- My inspiration | Tony Bradman on historical novelist Rosemary Sutcliff
- In 1988 Rosemary Sutcliff was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Penelope Lively in children’s book programme Treasure Islands
- In 1984 Rosemary Sutcliff spoke on BBC Radio 3 about the lure of Roman and Celtic Britain
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- RT @JonAshworth: @rsutcliff all fair points hopefully @IainMcNicol can look into them for you | 18 hours ago
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- @JonAshworth When I led (CEO) national charity Centrepoint (turnover £18m) we would not have survived with such a rude unresponsive approach | 22 hours ago
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- @JonAshworth @JonAshworth In middle all this I wrote reflective post I hope you choose to read thethirdleader.com/2015/06/13/the… http://t.co/pTbKOMDib9 | 22 hours ago
- @JonAshworth Final advice #10 (ccd @lemnsissay poet-chancellor Manchester Univ) was— “Aim for the stars and you might end up on a lamp-post" | 22 hours ago
- @JonAshworth More generally (re #TenPointsForLabour) that Labour website should’nt assume speaking to the convinced. http://t.co/IgdBRW7466 | 22 hours ago
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- Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth was on BBC TV in 1977 | Getting DvD or download
- ともしびをかかげて (April 2008) by ローズマリ サトクリフ, (Rosemary Sutcliff), and 猪熊 葉子 is Rosemary Sutcliff's The Lantern Bearers in Japan
- The Eagle of the Ninth BBC Radio in 1957 | Rosemary Sutcliff Discovery of the Day
the guardian newspaper in praise of rosemary sutcliff
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.