Dates mattered to Rosemary Sutcliff; they matter in history; and in excellent historical fiction like hers. (See post yesterday, building on an article in The Guardian). From year to year she carried foreword notes about addresses, key contacts and the dates of her books, usually in a blue Challenge notebook. This page records the little story books for children that she published with Hamish Hamilton. The notebook is here propped on her writing chair – a Captain’s chair.
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- Sunday Times writer Sally Hawkins chooses Rosemary Sutcliff historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth as the book that changed her life
- Today, the anniversary of national memorial service for Rosemary Sutcliff (Nov 4th, 1992) | Recorded in Times & Telegraph
- One source of inspiration for David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks: Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Lantern Bearers
- Rosemary Sutliff’s prose was “always characterised by compassion”.
- ‘That’s not a sand-castle,’ said the busy child on the beach, ‘I’m building a temple to Mithras.’ | After reading Rosemary Sutcliff
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- RT @AKHNXTDOOR: The Eagle, the film, is dark Watched it loads but still a class movie👌 | 1 day ago
- Delighted @jocotterillbook urges Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman books on @playbythebook but gentle nudge, no E in Sutcliff http://t.co/jokW3wqZvY | 1 day ago
- .@PrinceJvstin: @KVJohansen is right to urge you to read Rosemary Sutcliff! (lots about her at rosemarysutcliff.com) | 1 day ago
- RT @LisaLodwick: The Silchester Eagle, found in 1866 at the Basilica, inspiration to @rsutcliff The Eagle of the Ninth(@readingmuseum) http… | 1 day ago
- .@TUCnews Yday @pollytoynbee @commentisfree cited TUC via WRP <only 1 in 40 new jobs since crash been f-t> But yr figs suggest different? | 3 days ago
- .@TUCnews Am I right since crash (2008) 34.9% of jobs increase is either employee f-t (6.1%) or self-emp f-t (28.8%)? http://t.co/Qf06L7lRbZ | 3 days ago
- @pollytoynbee @GdnReadersEd I’d still welcome clarification about grounds yday claim <only 1 in 40 new jobs since crash been full time> | 3 days ago
- @MetropolitanOrg Thank for prompt response today. Have DMed with details. (I’m Anthony Lawton). Grateful to know when there’s a result! | 4 days ago
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the guardian, 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.