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The Picts and the Martyrs

or Not Welcome At All (Swallows And Amazons)

By Arthur Ransome

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 06 September 2001
The dreaded Great Aunt has invited herself to stay with Nancy and Peggy just as their friends Dick and Dorothea arrive for the Summer holiday. Nancy and Peggy have to become Martyrs, wearing dresses and reading poetry (but breaking out at night), while Dick and Dorothea become Picts, secret inhabitants of the country who must never let themselves be seen. It's a desperate gamble to keep everyone out of trouble - but can it possibly work against the eagle eyes of the fearsome Great Aunt?

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A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

About the Author

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in l884 and went to school at Rugby. He was in Russia in l917, and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian. After escaping to Scandinavia, he settled in the Lake District with his Russian wife where, in l929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons. And so began a writing career which has produced some of the real children's treasures of all time. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post.

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"Stands out in triumph. It is firm, intelligent, in tune with twentieth-century mentality and well-written" * Times Literary Supplement * "Quite up to the best standards of its predecessors, and to all old Ransome devotees the return to the lake of the first novels gives an added pleasure" * Glasgow Herald * "Stands out in triumph" * Times Literary Supplement *

EAN: 9780099427278
ISBN: 0099427273
Publisher: Red Fox
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Kylie on
 
This is an AWESOME book. So gripping with it's fantastic adventure and mystery. I would recommend this to anyone I know. So I suggest that you buy it and read it.
Rachel on
 
I love the way that in this book Nancy and Peggy are willing to suffer torture itself not to mention going through the immense trouble of trying to hide their guests, have fun on their holiday and keep the GA happy all at once simply to try to make things easier for their mother. It is wonderful to see the bizarre extremes that they go to and to know that this truely is how it would probably turn out. No sign of the Walker children in this one but it's just as good anway.

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