About: Anthony Lawton
- CEO (incl. interim), chair and trustee of charity, cultural and educational enterprises in UK. Married; two children.
Posts by Anthony Lawton:
March 7, 2014 Shadows on the Downs | Hunting an article
March 6, 2014 It’s World Book Day 2014—for childen?
- Shadows on the Downs | Hunting an article
- The Witch’s Brat by Rosemary Sutcliff | One of 10 must-read children’s books | Telegraph
- 2014 Edinburgh production of Sword at Sunset, original historical novel by Rosemary Sutcliff
- Warrior Scarlet (1958) by historical novelist Rosemary Sutcliff was illustrated by Charles Keeping
- In 1963 21 shillings Sword at Sunset ‘cost’ £18.62 in 2012 money. 2012 version is £16.99
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- In this re-telling: “Only here and there…something of the Hero Tale remains” wp.me/p42Yg-2Je http://t.co/jEcMHcUrZM | 4 hours ago
- The Witch’s Brat chosen as 1 of 10 must-read children’s books — historical fiction @TelegraphBooks wp.me/p42Yg-2K4 #histfic #kidlit | 4 hours ago
- @liveotherwise Did you ever get a response from my publisher @RHKidsUK? | 5 hours ago
- RT @FCBGNews: There are still places available at our wonderful annual conference: fcbg.org.uk/theres-still-t… | 8 hours ago
- RT @danielhahn02: @rsutcliff @BooksForKeeps Oh, and I'm a Sagittarian, too, btw. All the best people. | 8 hours ago
- @danielhahn02 @BooksForKeeps Indeed, the best . Romie (as I knew her) born December 14th. BTW The Shining Company in 1990 a return to form? | 8 hours ago
- RT @danielhahn02: @rsutcliff @BooksForKeeps Fortunately her best work was before 1982, my cut-off point. Otherwise, yes, she'd have been in… | 8 hours ago
- @NichollsJill Hauled this out (Times 1983) on how “a painful childhood helped…historian (sic)" Rosemary Sutcliff pic.twitter.com/XhzjOHCrGW | 8 hours ago
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Guardian newspaper editorial 'in praise of' Rosemary Sutcliff, published in 2011.
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.