Rosemary Sutcliff preferred the US edition of her historical novel The Shining Company

In the light of today’s (29th June) entry in Rosemary Sutcliff’s 1988 diary, I went back to her novel The Shining Company. Rosemary, my godmother and cousin, kindly gave me and my family  a copy  when the US edition was published. She reveals her preference for it in the letter she enclosed (which I had forgotten!)

Letter from Rosemary Sutcliff to Anthony Lawton about The Shining Company

The US edition of Rosemary Sutcliff novel The Shining Company

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.

4 thoughts on “Rosemary Sutcliff preferred the US edition of her historical novel The Shining Company”

  1. Meant to say the cover artist was Charles Mikolaycak. As well as SC he did the cover art for the Sunburst editions of “Eagle of the Ninth” (see picture above), “Silver Branch” and “Tristan and Iseult”.

    Looking at Mikolaycak’s work, you can clearly see the influence of the artists from the Golden Age of Illustration period.


  2. There’s a bit about Walter Crane here, Anthony, with a few pictures.

    Here’a a useful site featuring artists associated with the Golden Age of Illustration which might give you an idea of the sort of work they did.

    I’m sure some of these illustrations would have been familiar to RS from books she read in her childhood- which brings me back to why she might have found the style of this cover appealing. There were several Sutcliff titles with covers done in a rather similar manner – I remember this one for “The Eagle of the Ninth”


  3. The cover is very appealing, isn’t it? It has a retro look reminiscent of work from the Golden Age of Illustration, like that of Walter Crane or John McKirdy Duncan.


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