The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

The Eagle of the Ninth

Written by Rosemary Sutcliff
Illustrated by C.Walter Hodges
Part of the Everyman's Library CHILDREN'S CLASSICS Series

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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.
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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.

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Those books are colossal. They are fantastic. -- David Mitchell on The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy I found myself caught up in [The Eagle of the Ninth] all over again, when the film version appeared in 2011. Fifty years on, I found its you-were-there deciption of Roman Britain and gripping plot as beguiling as ever... Re-reading Sutcliff, I realise just how un-condescending to younger readers her style and vocabulary are ... More important, the bok taught the younger me about friendship, courage and integrity. Sutcliff's heroes are models of how to be good people, but never priggish or unbelievable... -- Sally Hawkins * The Sunday Times * 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

* The Independent * 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. -- Amanda Craig * The Times *

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. 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. Rosemary died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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304 pages


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Everyman's Library Children's Classics an imprint of Everyman

Publication date

24th September 2015




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