Dawn Wind by Rosemary Sutcliff

Dawn Wind

Written by Rosemary Sutcliff
Illustrated by Charles Keeping

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An exciting historical adventure about a boy who has to fend for himself after his father and brother are killed by Saxon warriors at the great battle of Aquae Sulis. Rosemary Sutcliff in one of the best-loved writers of the twentieth century and this reissue will delight fans old and new.


Dawn Wind by Rosemary Sutcliff

The boy lay in the silence of the great battlefield, gazing at his own hand spread on the ground beside him. The hand moved and he realized, with something like surprise, that he was not dead. His name was Owain and further up the hillside lay his father and brother, both killed by Saxon warriors in that last great battle of Aquae Sulis. From that moment Owain knows that he must make his own way in the world and so begins his journey to face the many challenges that lie ahead. Rosemary Sutcliff is one of the greatest writers of historical fiction and Dawn Wind is an acclaimed and much-loved classic tale which will enthral readers old and new. This stunning new edition features the evocative original black and white illustrations by award-winning artist, Charles Keeping, which bring the story vividly to life.


First published in 1961, this reprint keeps its original charm by reproducing the black and white illustrations of Charles Keeping. Dawn Wind represents historical fiction at its best. Historical Novel Society Review

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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336 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

4th April 2013




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