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!
categories and books
- Poetry at last in the Party Manifestos for UK General Election 2015 | Poetry Party 2015 Manifesto
- Richard Pitt Kennedy | Illustrator of history novelist Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel Outcast |1955
- Opening and closing words of writer Rosemary Sutcliff’s autobiography | Blue Remembered Hills — A Recollection
- 2 film screenplays which Rosemary Sutcliff helped film director Stephen Weeks with
- The distinctive features of Rosemary Sutcliff’s writing plus a ministrel’s magic
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- The Girl I Kissed at Clusium | Roman legion marching Song by Rosemary Sutcliff | Quoted by Falco novelist Lindsey Davis
- Novel Blood and Sand as Japanese musical Love and Death in Arabia | Rosemary Sutcliff Discovery of the Day!
- Rosemary Sutcliff"s home now North Devon bed and breakfast | Sutcliff Discovery of the Day
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.