Search Results: "Rosemary Sutcliff"


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ROSEMARY by Kate Clifford Larson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A well-researched, entertaining, and illuminating biography that should take pride of place over another recent Rosemary bio, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff's The Missing Kennedy."
In-depth coverage of one Kennedy daughter who never gained the spotlight like her siblings. Read full book review >

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SWORD SONG by Rosemary Sutcliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A glorious tale, full of pulse and power. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An action book if there ever was one, found in full draft among the prolific Sutcliff's papers at the time of her death in 1992, and a fine last gift. Read full book review >

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SUN HORSE MOON HORSE by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: March 20, 1978

"Though Sutcliff has given us more rounded recreations in the past, and here as elsewhere her plot sometimes seems too well made, her vision of an artist simultaneously—in fact, indissolubly—true to his art and to his people is impressively realized."
In an effort to imagine the origin of the ancient White Horse of Uffington, cut into a hillside with what she feels to be a magical power, Sutcliff invents Lubrin Dhu, a chief's third son, who is somehow possessed of the true artistic impulse, a need to get into his impermanent drawings the feel and the flight of the birds—or of the horses which are at the center of his people's economy. Read full book review >

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HEROES AND HISTORY by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: Jan. 15, 1966

"Hero-light on his forehead.'"
England's heroes, through a language and literature shared, become ours even if many of them are too often reduced to foothold status in footnote descriptions. Read full book review >

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BONNIE DUNDEE by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: June 11, 1984

"So, with additional texture from Darklis' part-gypsy heritage and the authentic details on period-painting, this is rich, tough-minded, warm-hearted historical fiction on the very highest level: an invigorating blend of action, color, and romance."
"Bonnie Dundee" was John Graham of Claverhouse (1648-1689), the Scottish soldier who led the first Jacobite uprising, known to his enemies (the fanatic Protestant "Covenanters") as "Bloody Claver'se." Read full book review >

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FRONTIER WOLF by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: April 14, 1981

"As always, Sutcliff brings the frontier society of 'wolves' and tribesmen to powerful, three-dimensional life and makes their trials and decisions matter urgently."
Centurion Alexios Flavius Aquila, nephew of the Dux Britanniarum (Roman Governor of Northern Britain) and therefore, at 23, second in command of a fort, becomes first when the commander is killed in a raid by native tribes. Read full book review >

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THE LANTERN BEARERS by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: Sept. 23, 1959

"Not always an easy book, with its unfamiliar names and locales, but a book that rewards careful reading and that tells a good story."
Here is a creator of historical fiction who does not pander to her readers, but expects they can take in their strides a thoroughly mature, researched-background story. Read full book review >

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SONG FOR A DARK QUEEN by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: March 1, 1979

"A stirring, quietly eloquent miniature for young people just dipping their toes in these dark and turbulent waters."
If Boudicca's tribe was a matriarchy and she was Queen in her own right, then her vengeance on the Romans for assaulting her person and raping her daughters takes on a different aspect, at once grander and more human. Read full book review >

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TRISTAN AND ISEULT by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: Oct. 1, 1971

"With all the vagaries of the romance and the conventions of the code it has a strong appeal, but it's not the real thing."
In presenting stories from the past, Rosemary Sutcliff has an unusual capacity for retaining the flavor of the original while discarding antiquated syntax and inconsequential detail. Read full book review >

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SWORD AT SUNSET by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: May 13, 1963

"This will be a Literary Guild Selection for June which will provide a springboard for perhaps more of a popular market than this particular version of the Arthurian legend might spark on its own."
The Arthurian legend has taken on the dimensions of a cult, intensified by the popular success of The Once and Future King and its musical version in Camelot. Read full book review >

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THE SHIELD RING by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: Feb. 28, 1957

"Again the story gains its distinction from this author's ability to weave a rich fabric of place and time with small things as well as large."
At the close of the Norman, conquest, the Viking strongholds in the north of England were fighting a losing battle to keep themselves together. Read full book review >

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THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH by Rosemary Sutcliff
Released: June 15, 1954

"Maturely conceived, grounded in scholarship."
A fresh background this, and one that is its own reward in an unusual story of Britain under Roman suzerainty. Read full book review >