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Winter Holiday

Swallows And Amazons

By Arthur Ransome

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 06 September 2001
Well,' said Nancy, 'You know what it's like. Dark at teatime and sleeping indoors- nothing ever happens in the winter holidays.'Nothing - except a polar expedition, full of mountain rescues, blizzards, igloos, ice sailing and heroic work amidst the frozen wastes. For Dick and Dorothea, newcomers to the lake, meeting up with the Swallows and Amazons sweeps them into a wild adventure where they must prove their worth to the team

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.


"One could hardly have a better story" * Times Literary Supplement * "The best kind of adventure story" * Observer * "Thrilling episodes" * The Times * "Mr Ransome's style is highly distinguished, his narrative hair-raising, credible and amusing" * Spectator *

EAN: 9780099427179
ISBN: 0099427176
Publisher: Red Fox
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Oh what to do when you are sailors and/or scientists and/or pirates and your very reason for being- your lake- dries up? How can we have Swallows ad Amazons in Wintertime? Well the answer is really quite simple, we turn Actic Explorer and/or Eskimo. The continual Outlook of these children is a lesson to be learnt. They're never disgustingly optimistiv; but they do make the most of every bad situation that comes their way. It is commendable. Instead of sulking that they couldn't sail and camp and make war on each other, the skated and sleded and journeyed across a frozen wasteland. Remarkable.

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