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A thrilling adventure for the Swallows and Amazons now in much bigger boats than before and out on the wide, wide sea and on the track of treasure. This time, they are not alone; their boats are being followed by the Viper with Black Jake at the helm. Will he get to the treasure before they do? Resourceful as ever, and surviving all kinds of conditions, the Swallows and Amazons are as ingenious and inventive as ever.
STOP PRESS: Did you know that Arthur Ransome's boat, Peter Duck, has been beautifully restored by a fellow author who, inspired by Ransome's boat and his novels has written a wonderful trilogy that fans of Peter Duck, Swallows and Amazons and Swallowdale will devour? It is called the Strong Winds trilogy. In a nutshell it's Swallows and Amazons for the 21st century but with a modern twist. It really is very special and will be enjoyed by the whole family. The titles in the trilogy in order are The Salt-Stained Book, The Ravelled Flag and 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.
'Why do they call him Black Jake? Is it because of his hair?' Titty asked. 'Because of his heart' said Peter Duck. The Swallows and Amazons, as well as Captain Flint and the ancient able seaman Peter Duck, set sail on the Wild Cat bound for the Channel. But they are shadowed by the Viper, manned by none other than Black Jake - a beastly pirate with a dark plan. Can the children race ahead and uncover the buried treasure before the pirate? Can they survive storms, earthquakes, crabs and even a waterspout and make it home?
He makes a tale of adventure a handbook to adventure. - Observer
There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating. - TLS
|Publication date:||6th September 2012|
|Publisher:||Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers|
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 ...More About Arthur Ransome