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Rosemary Sutcliff has changed history for me!,
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This review is from: Outcast (Oxford children's modern classics) (Paperback)
I had (somewhat naively, I admit) dismissed history as boring after my teachers contrived to bury all the great stories under mounds of pointless busywork and aimless projects. Rosemary Sutcliff's novels have changed all that, and left me with lots of enthusiasm for new learning. Sutcliff worked hard to make her novels as historically accurate as possible, and she brings the ancient world to life for me. 'Outcast' is one of the saddest and harshest of her novels set in Roman England - it includes some very brutal scenes, eg of galley slaves being beaten and dying at the oar, and being thrown overboard. Darker than the Eagle of the Ninth series, I think. I wouldn't be happy for my children to read it until they were around 11 or over, but this book makes a great read for adults too; I'd rate it up there with I, Claudius (less scholarly and less dry) and way, way above Lindsay Davis's stuff.