A speech by the David Miliband (former UK Foreign Secretary; current MP) to the Anne Frank Trust set me thinking about what makes Rosemary Sutcliff’s writing so powerful for so many readers. Perhaps it is the fusion of history (her research was meticulous), memory (she believed in re-incarnation), and imagination.
History and memory are not the same thing. The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has written that history is someone else’s story – in other words it is information. However, memory is one’s own story – it’s about identity. But in Anne Frank’s diary memory and history are fused.
Source: Anne Frank | David Miliband website