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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- ADVICE PLEASE from Rosemary Sutcliff fans, readers and experts on best of her books for inquiring 10 year old.
- Charting the attention to Rosemary Sutcliff & Terry Pratchett with Google Ngram Viewer
- Many Mexico visitors interested to www.rosemarysutcliff.com about historical novelist Rosemary Sutcliff | Why?
- Newspaper reviews for 1963 Rosemary Sutcliff historical novel |Sword at Sunset | Bestseller, about King Arthur
- Rosemary Sutcliff is correct spelling of eminent historical novelist and writer of children’s literature, not ‘Rosemary Sutcliffe’ (with an E)
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- @virginiaqmw So pleased to read Rosemary Sutcliff (nb not Sutcliffe) <reinforced my enthusiasm for medieval history> http://t.co/oXrf5o53cb | 2 hours ago
- I did not have "a very literary or intelligent kind of life”—#RSQuote wp.me/p42Yg-zS | 2 hours ago
- @suzanne_moore. Astonished @NSPCC new tag 'Every childhood is worth fighting for’. “Fight for” in World context, Violence of abuse. Article? | 2 hours ago
- .@suzanne_moore "conferences bored on as if Scotand never happened, as though food banks & Rotherham never happened" theguardian.com/commentisfree/… | 2 hours ago
- .@BBCr4today To you @Tendring_DC PR man says <Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t>. Seems Banksy wins if they do, wins if they don’t! | 3 hours ago
- RT @helenl0we: .@nicolaz I put Mary Renault, Rosemary Sutcliff, Robert Graves in same category of historical fiction with stylistic overlap… | 3 hours ago
- Rosemary Sutcliff said she didn’t have "a very literary or intelligent kind of life”! wp.me/p42Yg-zS http://t.co/x0PUW2Qula | 4 hours ago
- Astonished at @NSPCC new strapline 'Every childhood is worth fighting for’, in world context, as well as violence in abuse @ThirdSector | 4 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.