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Arthur Ransome - Author

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Arthur Ransome was born on January 18, 1884, in Leeds, where his father was a Professor of History. His father was a lover of the hills and lakes of Furness, and carried the baby Arthur up to the top of Coniston Old Man (later to become 'Kanchenjunga' in the books) when he was only a few weeks old. Every summer, he took his family by train to Greenodd, complete with their belongings packed into a large tin bath, and then by cart along the valley to Lowick and, finally, to Nibthwaite, on the shores of Coniston Water.

It was to be a long time before the memories came to life in Swallows and Amazons and the rest of the books about the children who sailed and explored the lakes and mountains of England. Always fired by ambition to be a writer, Arthur Ransome took his first job with a London publisher and then with the famous newspaper, the Manchester Guardian, for whom he worked for many years as a foreign correspondent.

As a young man, Ransome spent many more happy holidays on the shores of Coniston with his friends the Collingwood family. Mr and Mrs Collingwood treated Arthur as a son and he pays them grateful recognition in his autobiography by saying 'My whole life has been happier for knowing them'. He spent hours on Peel Island, which was to become famous all over the world as Wildcat Island, picnicking there with the Collingwood daughters Dora and Barbara.

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Old Peter's Russian Tales

Old Peter's Russian Tales

Author: Arthur Ransome Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2021

Old Peter's Russian Tales

Old Peter's Russian Tales

Author: Arthur Ransome Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2021

Racundra's Third Cruise

Racundra's Third Cruise

Author: Arthur Ransome Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2018

Most people know of Arthur Ransome, the author of the classic children's sailing tale, Swallows & Amazons, and many other books in the same series. But besides his exciting tales of children on the water there is much more to the man. Before he wrote Swallows & Amazons, Ransome was a journalist for the Daily News, based in Russia. He is reputed to have played chess against Lenin and he married Trotsky's secretary. He cruised extensively in the Baltic in the 1920s on board his beloved Racundra. His account of his first cruise on that boat was his first commercially successful book, Racundra's First Cruise (also available from Fernhurst Books). The second cruise was spoilt by bad weather, but the third cruise was special - it was his honeymoon having married Evgenia Shelepina. Ransome clearly intended to publish the account of this cruise, but never finished it. Ransome enthusiast, Brian Hammett, got hold of the unpublished manuscript and found Ransome's hand-written notes, diaries, logbooks and photographs in the Ransome archive at Leeds University. Brian compiled this book, adding his own notes from his cruises in the same area. The result is a glorious volume which has delighted Ransome enthusiasts, sailors and landlubbers equally. This new paperback edition and eBook will be published on 8th May - the very day that Ransome and Shelepina got married in 1924 before their honeymoon cruise which is recounted in this book.

Russian Fairy Tales

Russian Fairy Tales

Author: Arthur Ransome Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 11/02/2018

RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES "e;Illustrated 18 Short Fairy Tales for Children"e; 1. The Magic Swan Geese 2. The Tale of Tsar Saltan 3. Emelya and the Pike 4. The Frog Tsarevna 5. Morozko 6. Twelve Months 7. Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf 8. Little Snow Girl (Snegurochka) 9. The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) 10. Kolobok Dough-Boy 11. Sadko 12. Ruslan and Ludmila 13. Golden Cockerel 14. The Scarlet Flower 15. The Humpbacked Little Pony 16. The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish 17. The Tale of the Dead (Sleeping) Princess and the Seven Knights 18. Sister Alyonushka and brother Ivanushka

Russia in 1919

Russia in 1919

Author: Arthur Ransome Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Bohemia in London

Bohemia in London

Author: Arthur Ransome Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2017

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