April 24th Sunday. Another cuckoo this morning. Muriel to tea.
- Rosemary Sutcliff Prize Draw with The Folio Society
- Historical Fiction in rude health, thanks largely to women writers | Sunday Times Culture section
- Why Rosemary Sutcliff didn’t learn to read until she was ten or more
- Rosemary Sutcliff birthday December 14th, 1920
- Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth No 27 in Times newpaper Top 50 reads for children
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- @NHSEngland How is an “avoidable death” (as in surgeon suspended because of) defined and known? Q from cancer patient spouse, who runs this | 10 hours ago
- @NHS_GEM Re issues with David Berry, highly valued surgeon when in Leicester, in trouble in Wales, what is criterion for “avoidable death”? | 10 hours ago
- RT @NBveiledning: @rsutcliff But only up to and including the year 2000. The whole agreement can be found here: bit.ly/19avA6f (HS) | 17 hours ago
- RT @NBveiledning: @rsutcliff To clarify: All books will be digitised, but only pre 2000-publications available to read at home, as per the … | 17 hours ago
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- A Norwegian edition of Rosemary Sutcliff <Kong Arthur og ridderne av det runde bord> http://t.co/ojJR2mrJeE | 17 hours ago
- RT @Nasjonalbibl: @rsutcliff Yes, it includes books published in Norway, whether originally in Norwegian or translated into Norwegian (HS) | 17 hours ago
- @Nasjonalbibl Does Nat Library of Norway digitising all books in Norwegian include translations? (e.g.Rosemary Sutcliff, who loved Vikings!) | 17 hours 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.