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  • Unknown Binding: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (Penguin); 3rd edition
  • ASIN: B0032TZL1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,822,387 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
The plot (without spoilers!): Drem has a withered arm and so cannot become a warrior in his bronze-age tribe, to wear the scarlet like other men. But whe he meets a one-armed hunter he is encouraged to fight for what he really wants. A bronze-age coming of age story, but not an easy one: built-up dreams are shattered, and realities of this time are harsh.

The writer: Rosemary Sutcliff wrote some fifty books, mostly historical novels for older children, which are still enjoyed by these - and by older people, too!

My opinion: wonderful - one of her very best. She is so good on the emotions of a child (but not in a tiresome way - just very convincing); she is very good on atmosphere, convincing and immersive. She gives you back some of your own child memories, as well as ancestral memories and the occasiona glimpse of your feelings at very important moments: a writer of great power and feeling. All this, plus hawthorn in flower, the flash of the sun on a kingfisher's wing, and the wind on the Downs... top class.
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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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