For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old. It all started with a coot's nest. Dorothy and Dick meet Tom Dodgeon, Port and Starboard, and three pirate salvagers all members of the Coot Club Bird Protection Society. When one of the coot's nests is disturbed by a shipful of Hullabaloos-rude holiday boaters, trouble begins. Frantic chases, calamitous boat collisions, and near drownings fill the pages of this exciting fifth addition to Ransome's classic children's series.
Arthur Ransome was a prolific writer of children's books. Born in Leeds in 1884, it was his father, a nature-loving history professor, who inspired his love of the outdoors and nurtured a passion for fishing. As a child he enjoyed active, outdoor holidays: sailing, camping and exploring the countryside. He used many of these holiday settings for his children's stories, notably the much-loved Swallows and Amazons, a book that sits comfortably in the category of ‘timeless classic’. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for the sixth book in the Swallows & Amazons series, Pigeon Post.
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“Enchanting and escapist” (Sunday Express)
“There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating” (Times Literary Supplement)
“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" (The Scotsman)
“All the thrills of Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe" (Daily Telegraph)
“Absolutely fantastic" (Daily Express)
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So much more enjoyable than I remember the book as a child.
All my local haunts described with such care and passion.
But those awful attempts at the Norfolk accents. Such a pity.
"classic children's adventure."
The narrator is excellent.
I sometimes find Dorothea's flights of fancy rather annoying, but love the adventure otherwise, and the picture it paints of the broads in the 1930s.
I have loved the Arthur Ransom books since I was about 9, and am enjoying introducing my son to them via the audiobooks.
"Tale of pursuit &.sailing on the Norfolk Broads"
Brilliant, fun and well read, you always knew who was speaking and the story galloped ( tacked) along at a great pace. My second favourite story in the series.
"Swallows and amazons forever!"
My mother read the swallows and amazon books as a child and she really loved them. This has a wonderful narrator. The only problem is that a few times he accidentally called Dorothea Dorothy, which was annoying. Still a brilliant audiobook though!
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