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, courtesy of a Google Alert, I came across an old discussion thread, ‘Is there a war between Science Fiction and Historical Fiction’ , where a physicist who reads Rosemary Sutcliff recommends several of Rosemary’s books. Although he did spell her name wrong – with an E, a regular moan of this blog, Stephen Harker wrote:
Rosemary Sutcliffe’s (sic) Sword at Sunset and Rider on the White Horse are well worth reading. A lot of her historical fiction was pitched towards children and adolescents. However, I have found them worth re-reading as an adult, for example: The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch and The Lantern Bearers which have some connection with Sword at Sunset.
Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel, The Silver Branch, has beautiful illustrations in The Folio Society’s 2004 edition, drawn by Roman Pisarev.
This beautiful illustration of Little Cullen from Rosemary Sutcliff’s novel, The Silver Branch is from The Folio Society’s 2004 edition, drawn by Roman Pisarev. (From another great comment from Anne ).
You can buy this beautiful edition of the book from the Folio Society’s website. There is also a stunning version of The Eagle of the Ninth, probably Rosemary Sutcliff’s most famous novel which you can buy it here.