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Swallows And Amazons

Swallows And Amazons

By Arthur Ransome

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Other Information: 1 Illustrations, unspecified
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 December 1995
The ultimate children's classic - long summer days filled with adventure. 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. 'My childhood simply would not have been the same without this book. It created a whole world to explore, one that lasted long in the imagination after the final page had been read' - Marcus Sedgwick

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The ultimate children's classic - long summer days filled with adventure. Newly re-issued using Ransome's original illustrations to celebrate the 80th anniversary of publication.

About the Author

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and went to school at Rugby. He was in Russia in 1917, 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 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons; so began a writing career which has produced some of the best children's treasures of all time. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post.

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"I absolutely loved this book as a boy.... The simple line drawings were just wonderful; they gave the feeling of wide open spaces and freedom." -- Tony Ross "My childhood simply would not have been the same without this book. It created a whole world to explore, one that lasted long in the imagination after the final page had been read" -- Markus Sedgwick "All the thrills of Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe" * Daily Telegraph * "The very stuff of play" * The Guardian * "Thrilling not only to young readers fond of the sea, but also to older readers who remember how they enjoyed sea stories when they themselves were young" * Scotsman *

EAN: 9780099503910
ISBN: 0099503913
Publisher: Red Fox
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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This is a wonderful book an the start to a series that has remained the favourite with readers across the ages- and there's little wonder why. Ransome writes about the sort of adventures and holidays that never grow old, that children everywhere dream of. No fantastical creatures or unbeleivable events in this novel, here we are instead shown how anyone can build the most incredible adventure story from what they're given. A classic and entirely deserving of the title. Very highly reccommended.

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