Swallows and Amazons
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Swallows and Amazons

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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 Sedgwickshow more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 30mm | 358.34g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1
  • 0099503913
  • 9780099503910
  • 91,490

About Arthur Ransome

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.show more

Review quote

"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" Scotsmanshow more

Review Text

"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"show more

Back cover copy

To John, Susan, Titty and Roger, simply being allowed to use the boat Swallow to go camping on the island is adventure enough. But soon they find themselves under attack from the fierce Amazon pirates, Nancy and Peggy. And so begins a summer of battles, alliances, exploration and discovery.show more

Rating details

22,432 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 38% (8,593)
4 33% (7,322)
3 21% (4,630)
2 6% (1,264)
1 3% (623)
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