In 1963 21 shillings Sword at Sunset ‘cost’ £18.62 in 2012 money. 2012 version is £16.99

Sword at SUnset by Rosemary Sutcliff press cuttingsWhen Rosemary Sutcliff’s Arthurian historical novel Sword at Sunset was first published in hardback by Hodder & Stoughton in 1963 it cost 21 shillings (£1.05). Using a simple purchasing power calculation—multiplying £1.05 by the percentage increase in the retail prices index (RPI)  from 1963 to 2012—this equates to £18.62 in 2012. In 2012 a hardback version was reprinted by Atlantic Books, with recommended retail price of £16.99. So, in one sense, a new hardback edition of Sword at Sunset ‘cost less’ this time round!Sword at Sunset 2012 published by Atlantic Books

Rosemary Sutcliff on writing Sword at Sunset in the first person

Press cuttings about Historical novel Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff once said about writing her Arthurian novel  Sword at Sunset – a bestseller in 1963:

… after I had finished the story I had great difficulty getting back into a woman’s skin, because I had been living as a man for eighteen months, thinking as a man, making love as a man, always looking from a man’s viewpoint. I am always deeply involved in my books. For me the book doesn’t work if I am not. But I have never been as deeply involved as that before or since.

When I started writing Sword at Sunset I made at least three false starts, but I couldn’t think what was the matter. I knew exactly what the story was that I wanted to tell, but it wouldn’t come. Then suddenly the penny dropped: it had to be first-person singular. I had never done first-person singular before, but the moment I started doing it that way it came, like a bird. But I had problems with it: first-person singular is very different from third-person writing, and I had no experience of it at all. But it was the only way it could be written.

Miekka ja auringonlasku | Finnish translation of Rosemary Sutcliff’s 1963 bestseller Sword at Sunset

Suomentanut Tapio Hiisivaara. Kustantanut Weilin + Göös. Rosemary Sutcliffin romaanit liikuvat usein historian ja fantasian välimaastossa. Niin myös tämä kirja, joka kertoo Artos Karhusta, maalaistytön pojasta, jossa isän puolelta virtaa roomalaisen sotilaskeisarin ja Britannian kuninkaiden verta. Artos on urhea soturi ja tunteellinen mies, onnekkaampi sodassa kuin rakkaudessa. Mutta Artoksella on kutsumuksensa. Hän on koonnut oman […]

Quotes from Rosemary Sutcliff’s Arthurian novel Sword at Sunset |Chosen by ~*LunaSea*~ blog

Press cuttings about Historical novel Sword at Sunset by Rosemary SutcliffQuotes to ponder from Rosemary Sutcliff’s Arthurian novel Sword at Sunset in the eyes of a recent reader:

“The taste of vomit was in my very soul, and a shadow lay between me and the sun”

“To go into battle drunk is a glory worth experiencing, but it does not make for clear and detailed memory”

“In war and in the wilderness one easily loses count of time”

“A wonderful thing is habit”

And the author of the blog, a lunatic reader with self-ascribed ‘book lust’,  especially liked :

“Silence took us by the throat”

from:  ~*LunaSea*~ | a life reading words.

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