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!

Sophie is now President of The Arthur Ransome Society "Everyone is asking me about the new film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons. I read an early version of the screenplay, visited the film crew ...

Sophie is now President of The Arthur Ransome Society "Everyone is asking me about the new film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons. I read an early version of the screenplay, visited the film crew ...

Swallows and Amazons Campfire Flags  Etched Enamel Mug by JagoIllustration on…

Swallows and Amazons Campfire Flags Etched Enamel Mug by JagoIllustration on…

Map showing film locations used in the 1974 film of 'Swallows & Amazons' around Coniston Water in the English Lake District drawn by Sophie Neville

Map showing film locations used in the 1974 film of 'Swallows & Amazons' around Coniston Water in the English Lake District drawn by Sophie Neville

The gaff-rigged sailing dinghies Swallow and Amazon as featured in the 1974 movie 'Swallows & Amazons' shot on Derwentwater in the English Lake District.

The gaff-rigged sailing dinghies Swallow and Amazon as featured in the 1974 movie 'Swallows & Amazons' shot on Derwentwater in the English Lake District.

This drawing, by Arthur Ransome, shows John at the tiller of Swallow. It is taken from the second book in the series, Swallowdale

This drawing, by Arthur Ransome, shows John at the tiller of Swallow. It is taken from the second book in the series, Swallowdale

dinghyparts.jpg (1810×2115) Diagram to help explain "Swallows and Amazons" nautical terminology.

dinghyparts.jpg (1810×2115) Diagram to help explain "Swallows and Amazons" nautical terminology.

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