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.
Posts by Anthony Lawton:
topics and books
- How did Rosemary Sutcliff’s novels emerge? | “I start with an idea, never a plot” | “Discovery Trumps Planning, So Plan to Discover” (Bill Barnett)
- Arthurian story by Rosemary Sutcliff | The Sword and the Circle | Republished with 19 other children’s classics by Puffin
- Rosemary Sutcliff on writing historical novels and children’s books: “I start with an idea, never a plot” and “I do not write to a standard length”
- Aim for the stars and you may end up on a lamp-post | Author Rosemary Sutcliff’s motto
- My inspiration | Tony Bradman on historical novelist Rosemary Sutcliff
topics and tagsAncient Greece Archaeology Arthurian authors awards books C. Walter Hodges Carnegie Medal Charles Keeping children's books children's literature Dark & Middle Ages disability dogs education Fantasy film garden health historical fiction History inspiration interviews King Arthur lego models music nature Newbery Medal politics questions & answers quotes reading reviews Romans translation Vikings writers writing young adult fiction
- @MichaelRosenYes Little Tony fell d o w n the hOle, bumped his head and bruised his soul. (Apologies to Lewis Carroll) | 1 hour ago
- Dear Tony Blair "You used to be much more...muchier. You’ve lost your muchness." Yours AL cc @MichaelRosenYes | 1 hour ago
- .@MichaelRosenYes Yes—Remind Tony Blair of The Gryphon’s remark: "That’s the reason they’re called lessons, because they lessen from day" | 1 hour ago
- Dear Tony Blair Yes, it is an Alice in Wonderland world. Hence "You used to be much more...muchier. You’ve lost your muchness." Yours AL | 2 hours ago
- Tony Blair (People who want #Corbyn4Leader are in "Alice in Wonderland world") should remember how Alice got there. http://t.co/dhPuvVx5sB | 2 hours ago
- Little Tony Blair fell d o w n the hOle, bumped his head and bruised his soul. (apologies & homage to Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland) | 2 hours ago
- Tony Blair: Corbynmania ‘Alice in Wonderland’ politics. Has he read AiW? gu.com/p/4cvkx/stw http://t.co/jwNH3yUElP | 2 hours ago
- @AlisonLMercer And I was pleased with myself for noticing it yesterday! | 2 hours ago
- Sutcliff Titles
- Sutcliff Stories
- First Edition | Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth
- Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth was on BBC TV in 1977 | Getting DvD or download
- Rosemary Sutcliff's The Lantern Bearers | Folio Society edition a Christmas present for friends or family?
- Sutcliff's Life
- John Rowe Townsend on Rosemary Sutcliff | "A body of work rather than a shelf of novels"
the guardian newspaper 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.