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Swallowdale: Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 2 | [Arthur Ransome]

Swallowdale: Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Swallowdale (originally published in 1931) is the second title in Arthur Ransome's classic series. It follows the Walker family and friends through a shipwreck, a camp on the mainland, a secret valley and cave, and a thrilling mountain hike.

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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What the Critics Say

"Quite an achievement" (The Guardian)

"There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating" (Times Literary Supplement)

"Swallowdale is a real book . . . Even better than Swallows and Amazons" (Time and Tide)

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    Would you listen to Swallowdale again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to it many times, its a classic childrens story, that is a good story for adults to get away from it all too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nancy the Amazon Pirate, she treats life with a robust attitude to reality


    What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    His performance was strong but did not interfere with the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The sinking of the Swallow is a particularly poingnant moment


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