About: Anthony Lawton
- CEO (incl. interim), chair and trustee of charity, cultural and educational enterprises in UK. Chair of Sussex Dolphin which looks after the books and reputation of emminent children’s and historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff. Married; two children.
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- Rosemary Sutcliff talks about changing the ending of stories and songs
- Rosemary Sutcliff unconditionally among the best historical novelists using English |The Brittanica Library entry on children’s literature
- Former UK MP Roy Hattersley said in 1982 Rosemary Sutcliff’s Arthurian The Road to Camlann a “beautifully written parable”
- Rosemary Sutcliff’s family name was Romey (not spelled Romie by her)
- Rosemary Sutcliff, painter of miniatures before writer of novels, studied in Bideford, and under Edwin Morgan
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- RT @annie_eaton: @rsutcliff @HillaryClinton Delighted to say BLOOD FEUD is now available again - physical and digital editions - read Rosem… | 7 hours ago
- And @HillaryClinton, Rosemary Sutcliff’s Blood Feud—better written than Mr Klein’s—is also about two families http://t.co/Z2l9DE5vL6 | 7 hours ago
- Read this Blood Feud @HillaryClinton for “glorious sense of history, sense of knowing how it was”—Washington Post http://t.co/lgQXvSSUjp | 7 hours ago
- Rosemary Sutcliff was surely “one of the minstrel kind”, as argued once by eminent Margaret Meek @BooksForKeeps | rosemarysutcliff.com/2014/05/28/ros… | 10 hours ago
- Rosemary Sutcliff’s Song for a Dark Queen (1978) retells story of Queen Boudicca's uprising against Romans; only female heroine in RS book. | 10 hours ago
- Homer, maybe, was not one person; ‘his’ Odyssey and Iliad were the fruits of la long tradition of oral minstrelsy bbc.co.uk/news/business-… | 10 hours ago
- RT @CILIPCKG: @rsutcliff No there is not a 'formally commended' or 'commended' status given in the present day | 1 day ago
- RT @whatSFSaid: @NonPratt I feel the same! I just finished @rsutcliff's Sun Horse, Moon Horse and it made me cry; @philipreeve1 reports the… | 1 day 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.