Winter Holiday

Winter Holiday

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'You know what it's like. Dark at teatime and sleeping indoors: nothing ever happens in the winter holidays." Or so Nancy thinks. Then the lake ices over completely and the Swallows and Amazons, along with Dick and Dorothea -- 'the D's' -- plan a race to find the North Pole. How will they reach it if they can't sail? By sledges of course! But when a blizzard blows up and there is a mix up about signals, the D's disappear into the Arctic night. Disaster looms. Can the Swallows and Amazons save their friends?
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 144 x 201 x 33mm | 502g
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1
  • 0224606344
  • 9780224606349
  • 45,767

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There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating. "TLS" He makes a tale of adventure a handbook to adventure. "Observer""
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About Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome was born in 1884. 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 of England with his Russian wife where, in 1929, he wrote" Swallows and Amazons." Thus began a writing career that has produced some of the best children s literature of all time."
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Rating details

1,877 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 46% (861)
4 37% (690)
3 15% (289)
2 2% (30)
1 0% (7)

Our customer reviews

Beautifully written children's adventure set in the English Lake District in the 1930's. The same cast of characters as Swallows and Amazons and Swallowdale but with the addition of two new characters - Dorothy and Dick Callum, who also appear later in the series in The Big Six, Coot Club, the Picts and the Martyrs and Great Northern. All about an extended winter holiday on and around the lake as it slowly freezes over. Ice skating, sledging, exploring, rescuing crag-fast sheep, the adventures come one after the other. As well-written as all Arthur Ransome's childrens books were, and an enjoyable time-warped look at what life for the english middle class was like in the 30's in Britain. I grew up reading these books and find them just as enjoyable now as I did when I was 10 years more
by Nigel Hayhurst
The fourth of the Swallows and Amazons books includes virtually no boating or sailing, but it is wonderful nevertheless. The Walker children find themselves staying at Holly Howe during their winter holidays while their mother travels to Malta to see their Naval Officer father. Nancy's imagination makes the six children into Arctic explorers and they begin planning a trip to the North Pole. Nancy, however, is laid low with Mumps - a mixed blessing, because on one hand she is ruled out of their fun; but on the other, they remain for an additional month by the lake. This book sees the introduction of Dick and Dorothea, two new children who become befriended by the Swallows and Amazons. Dick is the original absent-minded-professor, though he occasionally surprises the others with the practical outcomes from his inquiring mind. His sailing sledge is even better than John's. Dorothea, on the other hand, is the focus of much of the narrative. She is a creative dreamer and storyteller, rather like Titty in many ways, although she wants to be a novelist whereas Titty's imagination creates fantasies for her to actually live in. The final story of the explorers' race to the pole is true Ransome. Overall, a delight to more
by Anthony Marinac
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