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We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea

Written by Arthur Ransome

Part of the Swallows And Amazons Series

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We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea Review

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February 2011 Guest Editor Tim Bowler has chosen this book for the enduring appeal of Arthur Ransome adventures:

"I loved all the Swallows and Amazons books as a boy. Ransome's genius is that he doesn't just give you the children's adventures but their fantasy adventures as well. You sail in their boats but you also become the pirates and explorers they pretend to be. We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea is different, however. Here there is no make-believe, just raw drama. The children find themselves in a sailing boat being driven out to sea by a furious storm. The depiction of the storm and the children's struggle to survive contains some of Ransome's finest writing."

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We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea Synopsis

'Now Susan,' Mother said, 'And you too, John. No night sailing...No going outside the harbour...And back the day after tomorrow...Promise.' But promises can't always be kept. Within twenty-four hours John, Susan, Titty and Roger find themselves fighting a night gale in the treacherous waters of the North Sea, adrift and in the main shipping lanes. Suddenly, it's real adventure and only their sailing skills can help them now...

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ISBN: 9780099427223
Publication date: 06/09/2001
Publisher: Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099427223
Publication date: 6th September 2001
Author: Arthur Ransome
Publisher: Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
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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