In 2009, Lindsey Davis—writer of classical thrillers, creator of private investigator and poet Falco—listed in The Guardian newspaper her top ten books from her “shelves and shelves” of Roman material. She included Rosemary Sutcliff in “ten that are scholarly but user-friendly … all books I have enjoyed, all influenced my love of ancient Rome and most of them are in regular use for my work”.
Of The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff, she wrote:
Somewhere about the year 117 AD, the Ninth Legion, which was stationed at Eboracum, where York now stands, marched north to deal with a rising among the Caledonian tribes, and was never heard of again. Hooked? If not, there’s no hope for you. A wonderful novel, for children of all ages.
With excerpts from her remarks, her other nine choices were: (more…)