Dawn Wind by Rosemary Sutcliff being re-issued | Book cover with Charles Keeping original illustration

Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel for children (“of all ages 8 to 88”) Dawn Wind is being republished. The cover  proofs arrived recently. Happily OUP are able to use the original Charles Keeping picture.

Rosemary Sutcliff’s Dawn Wind new edition new cover

Dawn Wind involves the last Roman-British wearer of the dolphin ring which features in several Rosemary Sutciff historical novels. Owain is the only survivor of a Viking raid and the great battle of Aquae Sulis. Just fourteen years old, his father and brother die at the battle but he eventually makes his way to a peaceful Saxon settlement where he is made thrall to a Saxon family. Travelling there he meets a half-wild girl whom he cares for but is forced to leave behind when she falls ill. They meet up again after many years apart, still so in tune with each other that they are able to understand each other’s wordless messages. During his years of service he discovers understanding and even friendship, and loyalty for the people who were once his enemies. His freedom earned, he shoulders the weight of the Saxon household rather than betray a promise to his former master.

A chiff-chaff in Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel Dawn Wind

Chiffchaff (illustration from RSPB)

As he did so, there was a small fluttering in the heart of some overgrown bushes beside the gap in the wall. His heart lurched unpleasantly, and then steadied as a chiff-chaff darted out, and the fluttering was explained.

From Dawn Wind by Rosemary Sutcliff

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Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel Dawn Wind on BBC radio in 1962

Rosemary Sutcliff’s children’s and young adult book, and historical novel, Dawn Wind was dramatised by Felix Felton and  broadcast on BBC Radio as a six-part afternoon radio serial in 1962. It was directed by David Davis, with Simon Lack as the adult Owain. The young Owen, in the first two episodes, was Glyn Dearman, Kika Markham played Regina and Felton himself Einon Hen. Read More »

Charles Keeping cover for Rosemary Sutcliff historical novel Dawn Wind

illustration by Charles Keeping

Of the 1961 cover  of Rosemary Sutcliff’s ‘classic’ historical novel Dawn Wind Katherine Langrish writes: ” It looks more modern, perhaps because Charles Keeping, who illustrated nearly all her books, was such a strong and innovative artist. In fact, the art here is almost more important than the title, and the author’s own name all but fades into the dark shadows at the children’s feet. Read More »