A Ravelled Flag by Julia Jones

A Ravelled Flag

Written by Julia Jones
Illustrated by Claudia Myatt
Part of the The Strong Winds Trilogy Series

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The story of 14 year old Donny and his new found friends that began in The Salt-Stained Book continues in this gripping sequel. Donny's long lost great Aunt has arrived from China on a boat and rescued him and his mother from the care system. Her gorgeous boat Strong Winds (a Chinese junk) becomes their home but it's not long before Donny and his friends and family are caught up in yet more dark, intense and suspense-filled action and adventure that is cleverly interspersed with Chinese tales from great aunt Ellen's life and a good dose of wit as well. It's a great read. Volume three Ghosting Home was released in Jun 2012.

The Strong Winds Trilogy consists of:

The Salt-Stained Book

A Ravelled Flag

Ghosting Home

CLICK HERE to read an article by Julia Jones, which was inspired in part by Arthur Ransome’s sailing adventures and in particular by Peter Duck, the boat which she was brought up on and which had previously been owned by Arthur Ransome.


A Ravelled Flag by Julia Jones

“The third flag – Anna’s resplendent dragon on its rippling black background – had been slashed to tatters … What did pirates do anyway? In real life and the twenty-first century?”

In A Ravelled Flag Donny Walker and his Allies – Anna, Xanthe, Maggi and Luke – come dangerously close to finding out. Their adventures take them to semi-derelict docklands, up the deserted and beautiful River Stour and onwards to Britain’s most easterly point.

Claudia Myatt whose delightful black and white illustrations and maps adorn the pages is a leading nautical artist and the widely acclaimed author and illustrator of the Royal Yachting Association’s Go Sailing! series.


Praise for Volume One, The Salt-Stained Book:

‘A Swallows and Amazons for our times' - Marine Quarterly

‘Funny and exciting’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

‘An intense, absorbing read’ - Evening Standard

‘Pure yachting goodness’ - Otago Daily Times

‘wonderfully written … both tough and charming’ - The Lady

‘One of the great adventure stories of 2011’ - The Bookbag

‘Quite simply, it’s brilliant. … a rich and subtle tribute that Arthur Ransome would have loved’ - Jan Needle, Water Craft

‘I loved it’ - Griff Rhys Jones

About the Author

Julia Jones

The author on Peter Duck, the boat bought from Arthur Ransome

Julia Jones as a child, steering Peter Duck, the boat bought from Arthur Ramsome that inspired his classic Swallows and Amazons.

When Julia Jones was three years old her parents bought Peter Duck, Arthur Ransome’s former yacht. Julia slept in the place that had been designed for Ransome to store his typewriter and it wasn’t long before she was reading her way through the Swallows and Amazons series. Boats and books have been part of her life ever since. Julia Jones on the bridge of the OrwellAs an adult she founded and ran a village bookshop and developed a local publishing list for older readers. She became close friends with Joyce Allingham, sister of Essex detective novelist Margery Allingham, and has written and edited three biographical works connected with the Allingham family with the fourth, Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory, scheduled for publication in 2012. The Salt-Stained Book was her first novel for younger readers and is also enjoyed by adults. Followed up by A Ravelled Flag, the Strong Winds trilogy is concluded with Ghosting Home, out in July 2012. Julia has five children and lives in Essex and Suffolk with her partner, Francis Wheen. In 1999 they re-purchased Peter Duck.

CLICK HERE to read an article by Julia Jones, which was inspired in part by Arthur Ransome’s sailing adventures and in particular by Peter Duck, the boat which she was brought up on and which had previously been owned by Arthur Ransome.

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Golden Duck (UK) Ltd

Publication date

24th November 2011




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