As regular readers will see, despite my best intentions, I am still struggling to maintain this blog properly while starting a new full-time job. But here is a snippet of rather pleasing news….For Rosemary Sutcliff’s publishers (one of them) OUP, remind me that the the boxed set has just published. And The Eagle of the Ninth continues to be their best-selling eBook, which is rather satisfying for them, me and I hope enthusiasts who gather here!
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- Followers new & old: please help me (RT?) remind Twitterspere that #writer was Rosemary Sutcliff, not Sutcliffe—no E. rosemarysutcliff.com/category/sutcl… | 51 minutes ago
- @CameronSharonE @bringmybooks @RutaSepetys Shedve been pleased you moved. But gentle nudge Rosemary Sutcliff, no ‘e’—with was the murderer! | 56 minutes ago
- @BriW74 @greg_jenner Pleased to reed that The Eagle of the Ninth changed your life. (But gentle nudge, by Rosemary Sutcliff without an ‘e’) | 1 hour ago
- RT @littlemiscowboy: How's this for a #WorldBookDay costume? A fearsome Celtic warrior from Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle Of The Ninth. ht… | 1 hour ago
- RT @StuartOrme: @greg_jenner 'The Eagle of the Ninth' by Rosemary Sutcliff. As a child it immersed me in the past, I've never left & earn m… | 1 hour ago
- RT @rtruscott: @AndrewSparrow @rsutcliff Another cast iron reason for #Cameron to avoid #debates2015 - last thing he wants is persuade more… | 1 hour ago
- RT @WendyConstance: @rsutcliff Apparently when you see 2 hares boxing it's most likely to be a female boxing a male to say Not tonight than… | 14 hours ago
- "Mad as a March hare”: because March is the hare's rutting time, when they run very wild. http://t.co/IB7qutUzgs | 16 hours 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.