Rosemary Sutcliff


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in West Clandon, Surrey, The United Kingdom
December 14, 1920

Died
July 23, 1992

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Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction. Although primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote "for children of all ages from nine to ninety."

Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her father was stationed as a naval officer. She contracted Still's Disease when she was very young and was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. Due to her chronic sickness, she spent the majority of her time with her mother, a tireless storyteller, from whom she learned many of the Celtic and Saxon legends that she would later expand into work
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The Lantern Bearers

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“I do not think that you can be changing the end of a song or a story like that, as though it were quite separate from the rest. I think the end of a story is part of it from the beginning.”
Rosemary Sutcliff

“It may be that the night will close over us in the end, but I believe that morning will come again. Morning always grows out of the darkness, though maybe not for the people who saw the sun go down. We are the Lantern Bearers, my friend; for us to keep something burning, to carry what light we can forward into the darkness and the wind.”
Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers

“You cannot expect the man who made this shield to live easily under the rule of man who worked the sheath of this dagger . . . You are the builders of coursed stone walls, the makers of straight roads and ordered justice and disciplined troops. We know that, we know it all too well. We know that your justice is more sure than ours, and when we rise against you, we see our hosts break against the discipline of your troops, as the sea breaks against a rock. And we do not understand, because all these things are the ordered pattern, and only the free curves of the shield-boss are real to us. We do not understand. And when the time comes that we begin to understand your world, too often we lose the understanding of our own.”
Rosemary Sutcliff, The Eagle of the Ninth

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MASTER AND COMMANDER BY PATRICK O'BRIAN
 
  14 votes, 31.1%

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueErich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT BY ERICH MARIA REMARQUE
 
  6 votes, 13.3%

Life on the Mississippi by Mark TwainMark Twain Mark Twain

LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI BY MARK TWAIN
 
  5 votes, 11.1%

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THE PERSIAN BOY BY MARY RENAULT
 
  5 votes, 11.1%

The Virtues of War A Novel of Alexander the Great by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

THE VIRTUES OF WAR: A NOVEL OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  4 votes, 8.9%

Arundel by Kenneth RobertsKenneth Roberts

ARUNDEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  2 votes, 4.4%

Gates of Fire An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

GATES OF FIRE: AN EPIC NOVEL OF THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  2 votes, 4.4%

The Afghan Campaign A Novel by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN: A NOVEL BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
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THE BLACK ARROW BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
 
  2 votes, 4.4%

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THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH BY ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF
 
  1 vote, 2.2%

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EAGLE IN THE SNOW BY WALLACE BREEM
 
  1 vote, 2.2%

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THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN BY PAULINE GEDGE
 
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KILLING ROMMEL: A NOVEL BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
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