Blue Remembered Hills: A Recollection

Blue Remembered Hills A Recollection Memoir of her childhood of having rheumatoid arthritis growing up in a wheelchair a push chair an only child whose mother for better and for worse was her primary caretaker Since her novels are

  • Title: Blue Remembered Hills: A Recollection
  • Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
  • ISBN: 9780374407148
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Memoir of her childhood, of having rheumatoid arthritis, growing up in a wheelchair a push chair, an only child, whose mother, for better and for worse, was her primary caretaker Since her novels are so compelling, it is of interest to read of the author s beginnings, and who she eventually became a recipient of the Carnegie Award, and the OBE.

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    1. Rosemary Sutcliff

      Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction Although primarily a children s author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote for children of all ages from nine to ninety Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her father was stationed as a naval officer She contracted Still s Disease when she was very young and was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life Due to her chronic sickness, she spent the majority of her time with her mother, a tireless storyteller, from whom she learned many of the Celtic and Saxon legends that she would later expand into works of historical fiction Her early schooling being continually interrupted by moving house and her disabling condition, Sutcliff didn t learn to read until she was nine, and left school at fourteen to enter the Bideford Art School, which she attended for three years, graduating from the General Art Course She then worked as a painter of miniatures.Rosemary Sutcliff began her career as a writer in 1950 with The Chronicles of Robin Hood She found her voice when she wrote The Eagle of the Ninth in 1954 In 1959, she won the Carnegie Medal for The Lantern Bearers and was runner up in 1972 with Tristan and Iseult In 1974 she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award Her The Mark of the Horse Lord won the first Phoenix Award in 1985.Sutcliff lived for many years in Walberton near Arundel, Sussex In 1975 she was appointed OBE for services to Children s Literature and promoted to CBE in 1992 She wrote incessantly throughout her life, and was still writing on the morning of her death She never marriedcmillan author rosema

    423 thoughts on “Blue Remembered Hills: A Recollection”

    1. Recently I read "The Silver Branch," a novel by Sutcliff. I liked it very much and started to explore what else the author had written. I noticed that she had written "a recollection" about her own life. (While in grad school I had done an independent study focusing on authors who wrote their autobiography, memoir, or recollection. It was one of my favorite classes, partly because I chose the topic, but partly because of the books that I discovered).Sutcliff had Still's disease as a child which [...]


    2. Sutcliff weaves her usual gorgeous depictions of her much-loved English countryside with piercing observations about the nature of childhood, family, and disability. Bluntly honest but never cruel, she comes across as a person that I would very much have liked to have had as a friend. Alas, I'll have to satisfy myself with reading and rereading her books. My one regret is that this memoir covers only the first twenty-five years of her life; it ends with a tantalizing reference to the diaries tha [...]


    3. This is the best book I've read in months.I wasn't expecting that at all when I checked it out from the library yesterday. I've read a few of Sutcliff's novels. But I only started Blue Remembered Hills, her memoir, because after The Shield Ring I wanted to know what, if anything, she'd written about her own disability.She did indeed write a lot about her disability. (She developed juvenile arthritis at age two, underwent regular surgeries and treatments throughout her childhood and adolescence, [...]


    4. Rosemary Sutcliff's autobiography mainly covers the years before she began to write, though of course the experiences recorded here were formative ones. Mostly, she writes about her parents, and her struggles with disability.It's pretty fascinating to hear about her childhood, to guess at how this or that was linked to her writing. There's always something warm about Rosemary Sutcliff's writing, even when she's talking about battles and the like, and that's present here too. She accepts a lot of [...]


    5. Rosemary Sutcliff’s excellent memoir of her childhood and young adulthood is just as readable as her historic stories for children. This short account carries through her young adulthood, first love, training to become a portrait artist and first book. In particular, the author excels at deftly presenting family, friends and others with insight and balance, including her somewhat difficult relationship with her mother. She portrays the English countryside with the same insight and appreciation [...]


    6. Rosemary Sutcliff's many books of rousing historical fiction can somehow not be accepted quietly after I read her autobiography last year. Miss Sutcliff had an agonizing case of juvenile arthritis from early childhood on. For better or for ill, her mother was her companion and caretaker. The arthritis stunted her growth; she never married, although she did fall in love. Sutcliff was also an artist, and - like M.M. Kaye, whose autobiography I am reading - made a living at it for a time.


    7. A lovely, lovely little book. I'm so glad I heard about this and got to read it. If it was still in print, I'd seriously consider buying a copy, if only to lend it to my mother, who I think would like it too.[Sorry for such a short comment; school holidays have just ended which puts me in a crash right now.]


    8. This is quite a short book but the details remembered and the skilled writing make you feel you have read something much longer. Despite a terrible and debilitating childhood illness she lives her life to the full and her journey into writing is incredibly moving.


    9. Sutcliff is a great writer, and I would have loved to have read about what inspired her writing; she also faced serious disability, and I would loved to have read about that. This book only glances on these things, and I found it rather dull.


    10. I like Rosemary Sutcliff's young adult historical novels; but it's mainly the title of this one that attracts me.


    11. I was off work sick with a 'mystery virus' when I borrowed this from the library . little did I know at the time that the virus would lead me to a life in a wheelchair.





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