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Swallows and Amazons

by Arthur Ransome (author)

Suitable for 9 - 13 years

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Pirate drama on the lake! Six kids, two boats and a battle for Wild Cat Island! Forget Pirates of the Caribbean. Here are the pirates of the Lake District. Not all pirate missions happen on the Seven Seas, you know. Say hello to the four Walker siblings of the good ship Swallow. Together they sail to Wild Cat Island, where they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and catch fish for their dinner. It’s all lovely – until the bad guys arrive: the cruel Blackett pirates of the enemy ship Amazon! These ferocious sisters want the island and everything on it. Grab your eyepatch: it’s war!

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Catalogue number

722 in Summer Primary 2017






Vintage Children's Classics

Date published

August 1st, 2012

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  • 528 pages



Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884. He had an adventurous life – as a baby in he was carried by his father to the top of the Old Man of Coniston, a peak that is 2,276ft high!

He went to Russia in 1913 to study folklore and in 1914, at the start of World War I he became a foreign correspondent for the Daily News. In 1917 when the Russian Revolution began he became a journalist and was a special correspondent of the Guardian newspaper. He knew many of the leading Bolshevik figures, including Lenin, Trotsky and the latter’s secretary, Evgenia Shvelpina. These contacts led to persistent but unproven accusations that he ‘spied’ for both the Bolsheviks and Britain.

Ransome married Evgenia and returned to England in 1924. He bought a cottage near Windermere in the Lake District in the late 1920s and worked as a foreign correspondent and highly-respected angling columnist for the Manchester Guardian.

He wrote Swallows and Amazons in 1930. And that was just the beginning of a series of twelve books which feature the same beloved characters and adventures with boats. Arthur Ransome died in 1967 and is buried at Rusland in the Lake District.

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  1. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 7 March 2014

    I absolutely love this book. It has a lovely plot. Arthur Ransome has set the scene amazingly. I give this book five stars.

    5out of 5
  2. Default avatar

    on 8 March 2013

    its a good book its just not my thing

  3. Gruffalo 113679

    on 7 March 2013