Landscape and nature in Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Silver Branch

The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff Folio Society Edition cover
The Silver Branch, Folio Society Edition

Even the briefest of entries to Rosemary Sutcliff’s diary demonstrates her love of landscape and nature, so evident in her novels and autobiography, and noted by a contributor to The Scottish Book Trust site.

When I was just getting confident about reading, my mother asked our local librarian to recommend something that would stretch me a bit. The Silver Branch was her choice. It began a lifelong love affair with this wonderful writer. But it did much more than that.  

At a very impressionable age it taught me crucial lessons about loyalty, courage, and remaining true to a set of values as the world collapses around you. It also, like all Rosemary Sutcliff’s work, has a marvellous sense of landscape and the natural world. If there’s been a better novel for young people written in the 50 years since this was published, I’ve yet to read it.

Source: Robert Livingston’s story about The Silver Branch | Scottish Book Trust.

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

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