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Swallows and Amazons

by Arthur Ransome

Swallows and Amazons Synopsis

'Swallows and Amazons for ever!' The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures. BACKSTORY: Crack the Swallow's code and learn all about the adventurous author.

The Good Book Guide Review

This book may look long to modern children and the illustrations may appear old-fashioned but the story of two families (no parents) sailing in rivalry on holiday in the Lake District is as enthralling and humorous as anything ever written for young readers.

Swallows and Amazons Press Reviews

I read the entire series of Arthur Ransome's children's books as a child and thought they were absolutely fantastic. They were full of adventure, all sorts of exciting things happened and they were truly inspirational -- Ellen MacArthur The book I remember most from childhood. I wanted to be with them on their escapist adventures with their boats and picnics and summer in beautiful Cumbria -- Miranda Hart * Daily Express * You'll want to give this to your children as a window on a time when adventures came from swimming, fishing, camping and exploring rather than in an Xbox...The best line is when Nancy reveals that she is really called Ruth, but changed her name when she heard that pirates are ruthless * Independent * A book that has stood the test of time... enchanting and escapist * Sunday Express * My favourite was the first, Swallows and Amazons, which starts with Roger, aged seven, tacking his way up a field. I knew nothing of halyards, forestays, strops or sheaves, but I was enchanted by what Swallows Roger, Susan, John and Titty, and Nancy and Peggy, the Amazons, got up to with them so cleverly and bravely.My own summer holidays were never quite as exciting, and I never stopped longing to meet them all -- Sue MacGregor * Daily Telegraph *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099572794
Publication date: 1st August 2012
Author: Arthur Ransome
Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 528 pages
Categories: Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage), Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage),

About Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884. He had an adventurous life - as a baby in he was carried by his father to the top of the Old Man of Coniston, a peak that is 2,276ft high! He went to Russia in 1913 to study folklore and in 1914, at the start of World War I he became a foreign correspondent for the Daily News. In 1917 when the Russian Revolution began he became a journalist and was a special correspondent of the Guardian. He played chess with Lenin and married Trotsky's personal secretary, Evgenia Petrovna Shelepina. On their return to England, ...

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