About: Anthony Lawton
- CEO, chair and trustee of charity, cultural and educational enterprises in UK. Chair, Sussex Dolphin which looks after the work of emminent children’s and historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92).
Posts by Anthony Lawton:
topics and books
- Rosemary Sutcliff said she wrote books for children aged 8 to 88!
- UK Rosemary Sutcliff blog discovers Winnie-the-Pooh did not blog | #SundayBlogShare
- 2016 schooling: Slowly, slowly, without respite, successive governments are stealing childhood
- Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rosemary Sutcliff’s birth in 1920
- STILL (Dec 28) Apologies to all. Over Xmas my blog account was hacked, and a good number of pornographic posts put up, and alerted to on Twitter. I have only just realised.
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
- .@wittertainment Are you reviewing the new — kermodeandmayoish — Adeel Akhtar film? youtu.be/SIgO43hbbMw https://t.co/EgBElRqMRO | 13 hours ago
- Is it un clean-up ou un cleanup ? Les françaises sont in a lather! #JeSuisCirconflexe theguardian.com/world/2016/feb… https://t.co/8NvnOcaZaS | 13 hours ago
- RT @awilsonpoet: Dark horses: 21 Lifesaving Poems which should be better known anthonywilsonpoetry.com/2016/01/16/dar… https://t.co/TCYuZFYIg5 | 1 day ago
- "To misquote Orwell, in the battle against cancer as a war metaphor I do not need to ask myself which side I am on" — @awilsonpoet | 1 day ago
- Notes from a cancer spouse about unhelpful cancer language | For #WorldCancerDay #tencencertweets medium.com/@aglawton… | 1 day ago
- .@awilsonpoet blog alerted me to perceptive Ade Edmonson #words To add to #tencancertweets for #WorldCancerDay https://t.co/h3NNkHRKA6 | 1 day ago
- Via response to #tencancertweets alerted to fine @awilsonpoet, his blog post anthonywilsonpoetry.com/2013/05/04/can… #WorldCancerDay https://t.co/2rcy6jiuir | 1 day ago
- Sutcliff Stories
- Sutcliff Titles
- Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth was on BBC TV in 1977 | Getting DvD or download
- Sutcliff's Life
- Summary of historical novelist Rosemary Sutcliff's children's book Sword Song (1997)
- I kissed a girl at Clusium | From The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
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.