April 6th Wednesday. Ray beginning all out blitz on the lawn, raking up moss etc
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- Surprising, but welcome, poll @Telegraph with @cathynewman article of Theresa May's 'challenging of her nasty side' http://t.co/aell9vCDLK | 7 hours ago
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- Pleasurable sharp @gdnlongread re a guilty pleasure about a guilty pleasure—The Great British Bake Off @chiggi #GBBO http://t.co/aUAEEILRYW | 1 day ago
- Fascinating article by @chiggi on cultural meaning of The Great British Bake Off theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2… #GBBO. http://t.co/6iuFDZ7pp8 | 1 day ago
- "When you’re in a hole, stop digging.” Denis Healey’s first law of politics: #quote http://t.co/7z2FgZDS2Z | 2 days ago
- @Angelaroemelt Had just dug out The Shield Ring map too! | 4 days ago
- That book: Dawn Wind by Rosemary Sutcliff! #RSutcliff #RosemarySutcliff #DawnWind twitter.com/Angelaroemelt/… | 4 days ago
- Sutcliff Stories
- Collecting maps from children’s books and historical fiction of Rosemary Sutcliff
- Rosemary Sutcliff's Beowulf story, also Beowulf Dragonslayer
- I kissed a girl at Clusium | From The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
- The Eagle of the Ninth Film | Summary Film and Book Story
- Sutcliff's Life
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.