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Warrior Scarlet (Puffin Books) Paperback – 25 Nov 1976


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (25 Nov 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140308954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140308952
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,560,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 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. Rosemary received an OBE in the 1975 Birthday Honours List.

Rosemary Sutcliff's novels about Roman Britain have won much critical acclaim. The best-known of these is her The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy, of which the second book in the trilogy, The Lantern Bearers, was awarded the 1959 Carnegie Medal.

Sadly, Rosemary died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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An epic historical tale from the acclaimed award-winning author, Rosemary Sutcliff. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Drem longs for the day he will win his Warrior Scarlet. But with a withered spear arm, how will he take part in the ritual Wolf Slaying which will prove his worth as a man of the tribe?

With over forty books to her credit, Rosemary Sutcliff is now universally considered one of the finest writers of historical novels for children. Winer of the Carnegie Medal and many other honours, Rosemary was awarded a CBE in 1992 for services to children's literature.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Royle on 25 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
We have just read this to our 9-year old daughter and 7-year old son, both of whom were transfixed by the intensity of the narrative, and descriptions of the bronze age community in which the story is set. Although the prose style is more complex than that in books that have been published more recently, this is a book that children will read more than once, and possibly - as in my case - read to their own children in turn. Rereading it as an adult, I found that it hadn't lost any of its original punch, and was still very moving.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Addison on 1 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this story first in 1959 and I have read it at least once every year since then. I read it in turn to my children and also to my pupils at school. They have never failed to be enthralled and moved by it. Sutcliff's use of language, imagery and history is first class and from her I learned so much that I have used in my life. The description of Drem's stand against the wolves is breath-taking!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Black on 15 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
Fans of the great and, alas, late Rosemary Sutcliff, might perhaps overlook this great book, which is a pity as in many ways it ranks as her finest achievement.

Warrior Scarlet is a note-perfect recreation of the late Bronze Age and a tiny South Downs tribal community, with a very Sutcliffian twist - the hero, the young 9 year old Drem, has courage aplenty but has a withered arm. His battle to win his scarlet warrior's robe unfolds to a thrilling climax and heart-warming conclusion.

What gives this book a special resonance is that Sutcliff, too, was physically disabled. She brings the poignancy of Drem's condition completely to life.

Otherwise, some of the familiar elements you find in all of Sutcliff's stories are there - a wise mentor, Talore the hunter; an unworthy, malicious opponent; faithful dogs; and a beautiful minaturist's evocation of time and place.

This was one of my favourite Sutcliff books when i was young - Outcast has a similar emotional richness - and easily stands the test of time. Enjoy the Bronze Age as it might have been...
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