For award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). By Anthony Lawton: godson, cousin & literary executor. Rosemary Sutcliff wrote historical fiction, children's literature and books, films, TV & radio, including The Eagle of the Ninth, Sword at Sunset, Song for a Dark Queen, The Mark of the Horse Lord, The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers, Dawn Wind, Blue Remembered Hills.
Today’s diary entry about her dog Barny put me in mind of the little book Rosemary Sutcliff published a years earlier, in 1987, A Little Dog Like You. Kirkus reviews wrote at the time of publication in the USA in 1990:
After Pippin, a beloved Chihuahua, dies, he begs St. Francis to let him go back to his beloved mistress, Mammie–who, hoping that her faithful friend will return, manages to puzzle out the time and place of their joyful reunion. Though the plot sounds trite, Sutcliff’s skillful pen turns the story to gold–an unsentimental portrait of an affectionate bond that will be familiar to any dog lover, while the difficulty posed by the painful discrepancy between the life spans of dog and human is resolved with a reincarnation that is both metaphorical and realistic: the new dog is not precisely Pippin–he has new markings and is given a new name–but he does represent a continuation of love. The format is as engagingly diminutive, as Pippin himself; Johnson’s precise, gentle illustrations add just the right touch. A well-wrought charmer.
Listed here is every title by Rosemary Sutcliff, the author and writer of historical fiction and children’s books. (Regular followers—and other visitors—you may like to check that this accords with your understanding. All comments about inaccuracies and additions are very welcome, below)
Eagle of the Ninth and similar
The Eagle of the Ninth (1954), illustrated by C. Walter Hodges
The Silver Branch (1957), illustrated by Charles Keeping
The Lantern Bearers (1959), illustrated by Charles Keeping
The Capricorn Bracelet (1973), illustrated by Charles Keeping
Three Legions (1980), omnibus edition containing the first three books Read More »
The widely read and acclaimedThe Eagle of the Ninth, published in 1954, still in print, is just one of some sixty books by Rosemary Sutcliff. This list has every book by Rosemary Sutcliff — author, historical novelist and children’s writer. For a short biography of Rosemary Sutcliff see Life tab.
Eagle of the Ninth and similar
The Eagle of the Ninth (1954) illustrated by C. Walter Hodges The Silver Branch (1957) illustrated by Charles Keeping The Lantern Bearers (1959) illustrated by Charles Keeping The Capricorn Bracelet (1973) illustrated by Charles Keeping Both Three Legions (1980) and The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles (2010) are omnibus editions containing the first three books The Eagle of the Ninth Collection Boxed Set (2012) is also an omnibus edition of the first three books.
Camelot or King Arthur novels
Sword at Sunset (1963) The Sword and the Circle (1979) The Light Beyond the Forest (1979) The Road to Camlann (1981) The King Arthur Trilogy (1999) is an omnibus of The Sword and the Circle, The Light Beyond the Forest, and The Road to Camlann
Other children’s and young adult novels
Chronicles of Robin Hood (1950) The Queen Elizabeth Story (1950) illustrated by C. Walter Hodges The Armourer’s House (1951) Brother Dustyfeet (1952) Simon (1953) illustrated by C. Walter Hodges Outcast (1955) illustrated by Richard Kennedy The Shield Ring (1956) Warrior Scarlet (1957) illustrated by Charles Keeping Lady in Waiting (1957) Knight’s Fee (1960) illustrated by Charles Keeping The Bridge Builders (1959) Dawn Wind (1961) illustrated by Charles Keeping Beowulf (1961) illustrated by Charles Keeping (also published as Dragon Slayer) The Hound of Ulster (1963) illustrated by Victor Ambrus The Mark of the Horse Lord (1965) illustrated by Charles Keeping The Flowers of Adonis (1965) A Saxon Settler (1965) The Chief’s Daughter (1967) The High Deeds of Finn MacCool (1967) A Circlet of Oak Leaves (1968) The Witch’s Brat (1970) Tristan and Iseult (1971) The Truce of the Games (1971) Heather, Oak, and Olive (1972) is omnibus of three titles The Chief”s Daughter, A Circlet of Oak Leaves, and A Crown of Wild Olive (originally published as The Truce of the Games) The Capricorn Bracelet (1973) The Changeling (1974) illustrated by Victor Ambrus We Lived in Drumfyvie (1975) with Margaret Lyford-Pike Blood Feud (1976) illustrated by Charles Keeping Sun Horse, Moon Horse (1977) Shifting Sands (1977) Song for a Dark Queen (1978) Frontier Wolf (1980) Eagle’s Egg (1981) Bonnie Dundee (1983) Flame-Coloured Taffeta (1986) illustrated by Rachel Birkett The Roundabout Horse (1986) A Little Dog Like You (1987) illustrated by Jane Johnson The Best of Rosemary Sutcliff (1987) is an omnibus edition of Warrior Scarlet, The Mark of the Horse Lord and Knight’s Fee Little Hound Found (1989) The Shining Company (1990) The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup (1993) illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. Black Ships Before Troy (1993) illustrated by Alan Lee Chess-dream in the Garden (1993) illustrated by Ralph Thompson The Wanderings of Odysseus (1995) illustrated by Alan Lee Sword Song (1997)
Novels for adults
Lady in Waiting (1957) The Rider of the White Horse (1959) Sword at Sunset (1963) The Flowers of Adonis (1969) Blood and Sand (1987)
Rudyard Kipling — A Monograph (1960) Houses and History (1960) Heroes and History (1965) illustrated by Charles Keeping Arthur Ransome, Rudyard Kipling and Walter De La Mare (1968) (with Leonard Clark and Hugh Shelley) reproduces the Rudyard Kipling mongraph—above Is Anyone There? (1978) (with Monica Dickens) Blue Remembered Hills (1983) — A memoir, her autobiography, or ‘recollection’ as she called it
I am inching forwards in compiling a complete listing of all the illustrators of Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novels for children and adults, and of her writing for children (and others). I think this is now accurate – but does not yet cover book covers – but would as always welcome comments and improvements to the updated list. I think it may now be complete? But I need to move on to editions outside the UK. All help welcome.
Illustrators are: Lazlo Acs, Victor Ambrus, Michael Charlton, Emma Chichester Clark, Richard Cuffari, Shirley Felts, C Walter Hodges, Jane Johnson, Charles Keeping, Richard Kennedy, John Lawrence, Richard Lebenson, Alan Lee, John Vernon Lord, Alan Marks, and Ralph Thompson. The books they illustrated were:Read More »