ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF (1920-92)

This much Rosemary Sutcliff knew | A virtual interview with the award-winning historical novelist and writer for children

Rosemary Sutcliff (b. 1920; d. 1992) was internationally-acclaimed for her writing for children and adults, the subject of many magazine profiles. But sadly she is no longer alive to create a ‘This much I know’ feature in The Observer newspaper’s magazine. But this much she did know—revealed within her answers to Roy Plomley on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs.

“This much I know” | Rosemary Sutcliff | Award-winning historical novelist and writer for children and adults | ‘I feel most at home in Roman Britain’

I don’t think I’m a particularly masculine kind of woman—although most of my books are told from a male point of view. I can’t write about girls from the inside. I don’t think the absence of sexual encounters is because I’m writing for children—I don’t honestly know why, it’s just happened that way.