Swallows and Amazons

Written by Arthur Ransome

Part of the Swallows And Amazons Series

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LoveReading View on Swallows and Amazons

Matt Dickinson, our Guest Editor for January 2013 - 'As far as I can remember this was the book that turned me into a reading addict! I absolutely loved it, and to this day can remember the excitement of going to a bookshop in Hemel Hempstead High Street with my mother (aged about eleven) to find the next book in the series. The story is pure escapism—sailing on remote Lake District waters, lighting open fires, fishing for trout, skirmishes with ‘pirate enemies’ and campsites beneath the stars on tiny beaches. I never had a summer like that but I often think my love of the wilderness might have come (at least in part) from this skilfully told tale and the books that followed. Sadly, I never learned to sail a little boat. Or light a fire by rubbing sticks. But perhaps there’s still time . . .'

A favourite of Philip Pullman: "As clear and pure as Mozart."

Swallows and Amazons Synopsis

John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island holds more excitement in store. Two fierce Amazon Pirates, Nancy and Peggy, challenge them to war and a summer of battles and alliances ensues.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780099572794
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780099503910
Publication date: 05/04/2001
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099503910
Publication date: 5th April 2001
Author: Arthur Ransome
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback (b Format)
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Books vs Films, Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Arthur Ransome

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 ...

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