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Dorothy Dunnett & Rosemary Sutcliff

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SGM
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Dorothy Dunnett & Rosemary Sutcliff

Post by SGM » Tue May 17th, 2011, 6:50 pm

I have just stumbled across (naturally while looking for something completely different) the BBC's Desert Island Disk archive website and although they are not on there at the moment, it does appear that the programmes with DD and RS will be available to listen at some point in the near future.

That could be quite interesting.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue May 17th, 2011, 7:12 pm

Wow--talk about writers with opposing styles! DD is wordy and her plots are impossibly convoluted, usually at the expense of character consistency. RS writes a spare prose, with hardly an unnecessary adjective, and her characters follow paths so clear, you can almost see it from a distance, which does not diminish the enjoyment of her books.

I like both, and have novels from both on my all-time favorite list. But of the two, I prefer RS's style.

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Post by Eigon » Thu May 26th, 2011, 6:31 pm

I remember tuning in to listen to Rosemary Sutcliff's Desert Island Discs. At the time, I was trying to discover more about classical music, and my reasoning went that, if I liked any of the clips on Desert Island Discs, I could then go out and get the record. One of Rosemary Sutcliff's choices was the Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, which has been one of my favourite violin pieces ever since.
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Post by SGM » Sat June 11th, 2011, 9:00 pm

[quote=""Eigon""]I remember tuning in to listen to Rosemary Sutcliff's Desert Island Discs. At the time, I was trying to discover more about classical music, and my reasoning went that, if I liked any of the clips on Desert Island Discs, I could then go out and get the record. One of Rosemary Sutcliff's choices was the Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, which has been one of my favourite violin pieces ever since.[/quote]

And there you go -- Lark Ascending has been voted the most popular desert island disc by the public.
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