Riding through the Glen
I loved this book when I was a kid. I still do. It is my favourite retelling of the Robin Hood stories. I read dozens of them when I was growing up but I always came back to Rosemary Sutcliff’s version. Rosemary Sutcliff wrote plenty of other historical fiction and has influenced my own writing in many ways but this remains my favourite of her works.
I remember sitting in the branches of a willow tree, eating an apple and reading this book, imagining that I was waiting for Robin Hood to ride by so I could join his ‘band of merry men’ and go and live in Sherwood Forest.
When I was really little, before I could even read, my sisters and I used to play at being Robin Hood – though I always wound up having to be Friar Tuck (short and chubby), which was the down side of being the fourth child. But when I was old enough to read the book, I discovered I could be ME and still take part in the the adventure. Magical stuff.