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Rosemary Sutcliff was born in Surrey, the daughter of a naval officer. At the age of two she contracted the progressively wasting Still's disease, and hence spent most of her life in a wheelchair. Although an avid reader, Rosemary made little progress with formal studies.

She left school at the age of fourteen to attend art school in Bideford, where she specialized in miniature painting. Her first children's book was published in 1950, and from then on she devoted her time and talents to the writing of children's historical novels, which have placed her name high in the field of contemporary children's literature.

Many of her books are set in Roman Britain, a period which particularly interested her. The second in The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy, The Lantern Bearers, was awarded the 1959 Carnegie Medal.

In her lifetime, Rosemary Sutcliff was awarded the OBE and the CBE. Sadly, she died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Iliad
Rosemary Sutcliff
A stunningly illustrated edition of Homer’s classic adventure story which has been vibrantly retold by the late Rosemary Sutcliff who adds her own story-telling magic to Homer’s original. The stories which led to the Greek’s siege of Troy, which include...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
The Eagle (Film Tie-In Edition) by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Eagle (Film Tie-In Edition)
Rosemary Sutcliff
Top historical novelist Manda Scott has selected this title as one of her favourite books. See below our review for her comment. STOP PRESS: The UK premiere of The Eagle took place in Leicester Square on 9 March...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/02/2011

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