The Eagle Of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Eagle Of The Ninth

Written by Rosemary Sutcliff

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The Eagle of the Ninth is one of the most celebrated children's books of the twentieth century and is now the subject of a major film, The Eagle, starring Channing Tatum. This new edition, with its movie tie-in cover, is being published to coincide with the film's release - see below for the trailer. Whether you've read the book on which its based or not, it's a film well worth seeing but do read the book as well. It's a classic of children's literature.

It's a welcome return of a classic story of loyalty and bravery at the time of the Romans. Brought up the stories of his father’s heroism and speculation about how he and his 5,000 soldiers disappeared without trace, Marcus sets out to try to unravel the mystery. His journey is full of danger and emotion which makes this both a thrilling adventure and a thoughtful story about one boy's search for his missing father.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A classic historical adventure in which Marcus, a young Roman, sets off into barbarian territory north of Hadrian's Wall in order to discover what happened to the 'lost' ninth legion and to vindicate his father's reputation.


The Eagle Of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Eagle of the Ninth" is heralded as one of the most outstanding children's books of the twentieth century and has sold over a million copies worldwide. This special edition has been produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this remarkable book by one of the most highly respected authors of children's literature, Rosemary Sutcliff. Rosemary Sutcliff's books about Roman Britain have won much acclaim. The author writes with such passion and with such attention to detail that the Roman age is instantly brought to life and stays with the reader long after the last page has been turned.

Download OUP's The Eagle Reading Notes from the right hand column of this page, under Reader's Guide.


'Decades later, I can still hear echoes of The Eagle of the Ninth in my head : the chink of mail, the tired beat of the legionaries'


'These tales of Roman Britain have yet to be surpassed for their non-patronising prose and adult dangers. Sutcliff makes Classics and archaeology uniquely thrilling for children.'

'A beautifully written and exciting tale of a young man's mission to save the reputation of his dead father'

! Amie Thomson, Big Issue in Scotland

About the Author

Rosemary Sutcliff

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. Although an avid reader, Rosemary made little progress with formal studies.

Many of her books are set in Roman Britain, a period which particularly interested her. The second in The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy, The Lantern Bearers, was awarded the 1959 Carnegie Medal.

In her lifetime, Rosemary Sutcliff was awarded the OBE and the CBE. Sadly, she died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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304 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th October 2004




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