Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome - my favourite childhood reading. I wanted so much to have adventures like the children in the books!

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome - my favourite childhood reading. I wanted so much to have adventures like the children in the books!

Grasmere, Cumbria, The Lakes District.  The poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for fourteen years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found".

Grasmere, Cumbria, The Lakes District. The poet William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for fourteen years, described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found".

FANS of Arthur Ransome who want to take part in a marathon reading of the classic Lake District story Swallows and Amazons can now volunteer via…

FANS of Arthur Ransome who want to take part in a marathon reading of the classic Lake District story Swallows and Amazons can now volunteer via…

Tarn Hows in the Lake District. Our tips for 25 fun things to do in England: http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/2011/08/18/what-to-do-england/

Tarn Hows in the Lake District. Our tips for 25 fun things to do in England: http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/2011/08/18/what-to-do-england/

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. (I bought the British version of the Puffin paperbacks when I was a kid.)

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. (I bought the British version of the Puffin paperbacks when I was a kid.)

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Details about THE CLASSIC BOATING NOVELS OF ARTHUR RANSOME BOX SET SWALLOWS & AMAZONS FOR EVER

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Old Peter's Russian Tales, by Arthur Ransome (Hardcover)

Old Peter's Russian Tales, by Arthur Ransome (Hardcover)

Swallowdale, by Arthur Ransome (Hardcover)

Swallowdale, by Arthur Ransome (Hardcover)

Secret Water, by Arthur Ransome (Hardcover)

Secret Water, by Arthur Ransome (Hardcover)

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