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Arthur Ransome

  • 5 stars across 30 books
    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, he bought a cottage near Windermere in the Lake District and began writing children's stories. In a 1958 author's note, Ransome wrote: ''I have been often asked how I came to write Swallows and Amazons. The answer is that it had its beginning long, long ago when, as children, my brother, my sisters and I spent most of our holidays on a farm at the south end of Coniston. We played in or on the lake or on the hills above . . . Going away from it we were half drowned in tears. While away from it, as children and as grown-ups, we dreamt about it. No matter where I was, wandering about the world, I used at night to look for the North Star and, in my mind's eye, could see the beloved sky-line of great hills beneath it. Swallows grew out of those old memories. I could not help writing it. It almost wrote itself.'' He published the first of his children's classics, the twelve Swallows And Amazons books, in 1930. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post. He died in 1967.
    15th April 1982

    Swallows and Amazons

    A master storyteller, sympathetically in touch with real children and their interests, has created characters who are ac... More

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    Winter Holiday

    You know what it's like. Dark at teatime and sleeping indoors: nothing ever happens in the winter holidays.' Or so Nancy... More

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    24th June 1982

    Coot Club

    'Let fly jib sheet! Slack away main! Fenders out!' Dick and Dorothea - also known as The Ds - arrive in Norfol... More

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    2nd August 2012

    Swallowdale

    'Ahoy! Ahoy! Swallows! Ahoy!' Have you ever sailed in a boat or built a camp? Have you caught trout and cooked it yourse... More

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    7th March 2013

    Pigeon Post

    'Barbecued billygoats!' Can you imagine finding gold? That's just what the Swallows and Amazons and Dick and Do... More

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    6th September 2012

    Peter Duck

    'Why do they call him Black Jake? Is it because of his hair?' Titty asked. 'Because of his heart' said Peter Duck ... More

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    Swallowdale

    John, Susan, Titty and Roger return to the lake for another summer camping on their island with their old allies, Nancy ... More

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