13 Facts About Rosemary Sutcliff


Rosemary Sutcliff was an English novelist best known for children's books, especially historical fiction and retellings of myths and legends.


Rosemary Sutcliff was born 14 December 1920 to George Ernest Rosemary Sutcliff and his wife Nessie Elizabeth, nee Lawton, in East Clandon, Surrey.


Rosemary Sutcliff spent her childhood in Malta and various naval bases where her father, a Royal Navy officer, was stationed.


Rosemary Sutcliff was affected by Still's disease when she was very young, and used a wheelchair most of her life.


Rosemary Sutcliff did not learn to read until she was nine years of age, and left school at age 14 to enter the Bideford Art School, which she attended for three years, graduating from the General Art Course.


Rosemary Sutcliff finally won the Medal for her third book in the Eagle series, The Lantern Bearers.


Rosemary Sutcliff was Carnegie runner-up again for her retelling of the Arthurian legend in Tristan and Iseult, which in 1971 won the American Horn Book Award.


Rosemary Sutcliff lived for many years in Walberton near Arundel, Sussex.


Rosemary Sutcliff wrote incessantly throughout her life and was still doing so on the morning of her death in 1992.


In 1966 Rosemary Sutcliff made a small donation to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


Rosemary Sutcliff was one of three runners-up for the writing award in 1974.


Besides winning the 1959 Carnegie Medal, Rosemary Sutcliff was a commended runner-up five times.


Alan Lee, who illustrated Rosemary Sutcliff's posthumously published retellings of The Iliad and The Odyssey, won the companion Kate Greenaway Medal for the former, Black Ships Before Troy.