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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, 3 Sep 2010
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Ms. Harriet Spicer (London UK) - See all my reviews
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This is the most magical book I was TOLD to read aged 8 by a forceful 12 year old. She did me the greatest favour. It is as if Rosemary Sucliff had experienced the life of a boy with a dog in a troupe of travelling actors in the days of Elizabeth 1st. Read this and then go on to all the other treats available from the same great writer. Another that can be read by all ages, way before HP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Junior School Days!, 20 Mar 2014
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Jimmy Stix (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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I bought this to remind me of carefree days when I was discovering the joy of reading and the places it can take you. This book does not disappoint and the charming tale of the orphan boy Hugh, his dog Argos, and their adventures with a group of Elizabethan travelling players will delight and educate any child and fire their imagination too.
Enough history to prompt them to want find out more and enough story to engage their interest from one chapter to the next. Rosemary Sutcliff is especially adept with her descriptions of life on the rough, muddy, rutted highways and byways of Tudor England, the largely rural landscape and the towns and villages. Her character descriptions are spot on too and enable you to picture them perfectly. The story unfolds in a very satisfying way and you find yourself really caught up in the ups and downs of one boy and his faithful dog. Along the way you will experience times of sadness, alongside great joy and ultimately a certain amount of real contentment as the story reaches its end.
Sutcliff had this published way back in 1952 and in her lifetime she was a prolific writer of largely historical fiction for children. This is a stand alone story (of which she wrote many) but she also published the better known "Eagle of the Ninth" books set in Roman Britain as well as several books concerning the Arthurian legends.
If you want a well written historical story for older children (I read this first when I was around 9-10) that fairly rattles along then you cannot go far wrong with Brother Dusty Feet.
One for under the bedclothes with your torch when it should really be "lights out" time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of all time favourite childhood books, 9 Jun 2011
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This is one of the most fantastic books for children/young teenagers. I must have read it for the first time when I was about 7 or 8, but I have completely lost track of the number of times I reread it over and over - in fact I have even picked it up a couple of times in the last couple of years (I'm now well into my 20s)! R Sutcliff somehow manages to capture the atmosphere of England in the 1500s, and of the nomadic life that travelling players lived. It is especially interesting I think for schoolchildren who might currently be studying the Elizabethan period in history, or Shakespeare, or really anything to do with the late Medieval period - as it will give them a real feeling for the quality of life in those times, and the way that people lived in order to support themselves. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone - adult or child - along with many of her other books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely fictional step into history for older children, 21 Sep 2013
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Elizabeth S. Wells (UK) - See all my reviews
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I have always been a real fan of Rosemary Sutcliff, since hearing "Brother Dusty Feet" serialized on BBC Children's Hour, and then discovering her at the local library. As a child, and an adult, re-reading this book, I have been carried back into the past, to really feel history coming alive. I would recommend this for present day children, and adults, who want to "remember".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and a good readtoo!!, 10 May 2013
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I have this as an e book .Would like a hard copy with illustrations ,Gives a good insight into life in Tudor times .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Sep 2014
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One of Rosemary Sutcliff's very best books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brother Dusty-Feet, 15 Nov 2008
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Jl Gadd "Jonathan" (Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Hugh runs away from home where he lived with his Aunt and meets a band of strolling players. Classic Rosemary Sutcliff.
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