“Verily ’tis a hit” | BBC’s Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo review The Eagle

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo have a wonderful couple of hours every Friday afternoon on BBC  Radio 5, talking about films. This week they ‘reviewed’ The Eagle film based on Rosemary Sutcliff‘s The Eagle of the Ninth – indeed they made use of an email sent to them by one Anthony Lawton of this parish. Although it does not feature in this clip, at the end of the section in the full programme they pronounce:

“Verily, tis a hit!”

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Simon Scarrow dedicates Gladiator Fight for Freedom new book to Rosemary Sutcliff but …

Author Simon Scarrow dedicates to Rosemary Sutcliff his new young adult book Gladiator: Fight for Freedom. I am alerted to this by reader and commenter on this blog ‘JB’ (5 Feb on post here). Thank you JB , for  I was unaware of the dedication – or the book – and am off to get it.

For Rosemary Sutcliffe (sic) who has inspired so many of us to love history.

Oh Dear Sutcliff spelt wrongly again, with an E. In fact JB writes:

… (it) has an interesting plot and a dedication to Rosemary Sutcliffe (sic). Mr Scarrow speaks highly of Miss Sutcliff and whilst I do not blame him for the typo, I do wonder who does his proof reading. It would be the work of a moment to check the spelling of Miss Sutcliff’s surname.

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Rosemary Sutcliff’s Simon | A novel of the English Civil War

Rosemary Sutcliff’s 1953 historical novel and children’s book Simon – the subject of a comment by Anne in an earlier post – is a story about competing loyalties in the midst of a civil war. The Washington Post and Times Herald on April 4th, 1954 said:

It is a colourful story … (and) Miss Sutcliff’s interest in character makes even the minor characters interesting … she is adept too at communicating a sense of the Devon countryside. Read More »

Rosemary Sutcliff on English Civil War children’s book, historical novel Simon 1953

Rosemary Sutcliff said about the historical accuracy of her children’s book Simon written early in her career in 1953, set in the English Civil War of the 17th century:

“Most history books deal with the final campaign of the civil war in a single paragraph, and the Battle of Torrington they seldom mention at all. In this story I have tried to show what that final campaign in the west was like, and to re-fight the battles fought over my own countryside. Most of the people I’ve written about really lived; Torrington Church really did blow up, with 200 Royalist prisoners and their Parliamentary Guard inside, and no one has ever known how it happened, though Chaplain Joshua Sprigg left it on record that the deed was done by ‘one Watts, a desperate villain’ “.

Library Thing Polyanna loves Simon

Lovely, lovely book; one of my favourite books ever. It’s about the English Civil War, and manages to convey information about and the perspective of, both sides pretty fairly, which is rare in books on the subject. Although Read More »