8 thoughts on “Bryher, Gate to the Sea

  1. I think you mean Henry Treece, not Geoffrey Trease. Trease wrote children’s books (so did Treece, just to make it more confusing, , but he wrote novels for adults as well).
    Another fine historical novelist – then and later – was Peter Vanittart.


    1. Fine bit of mainsplaining there, Roger. I meant Geoffrey Trease. His historical fiction (yes, for teenagers and older children) shares the undated dialogue, the focus on universal emotional themes and the socialist interest in the individual versus the state, that Mitchison created, and Renault, and, I now think, Bryher developed. My recollection of Henry Treece’s novels is that they were too violent to be enjoyable.


  2. Ouch!
    i remember trying to read one of Treece’s adult novels by mistake when i was a child and being rather disconcerted. I must say, I’d have thought it would be difficult to write about the sack of the city with a fierce brave madman cursed by gods as a character without a little violence creeping in,. Treece didn’t exactly deal with “the socialist interest in the individual versus the state” but he did “focus on universal emotional themes” and made it plain that “It was all so unimaginably different
    And all so long ago”.as well.


    1. There is no violence in Gate to the Sea, it’s not necessary to the plot. Perhaps you should read it before pronouncing on what the novel ought to be about. Trease was an avowedly socialist novelist: that was the whole point of his novels, writing historical fiction based on socialist principles by focusing on the workers, the people and economic production, not kings and rulers.


  3. I’m going to be in Paestum at the end of the month, visiting the ruins of the temples, and am thinking of buying and reading this book during my trip!


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