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Ransome, Arthur, 1884-1967

The crew of the Swallow return to the lake with their old allies, Nancy and Peggy, otherwise known as the Amazon pirates. Disaster strikes when the Swallows find themselves marooned ashore. So they head for Swallowdale, the secret valley

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories. Adventure stories.
Published London: Red Fox, 2001
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Statement of responsibility: Arthur Ransome
ISBN: 009942715X, 9780099427155
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1940.
Physical Description: 512p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Subject: Shipwrecks Juvenile fiction.; Amazons (Fictitious characters : Ransome) Juvenile fiction.; Swallows (Fictitious characters) Juvenile fiction.

Author note

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in l884 and went to school at Rugby. He was in Russia in l917, and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian. After escaping to Scandinavia, he settled in the Lake District with his Russian wife where, in l929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons. And so began a writing career which has produced some of the real children's treasures of all time. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post.


"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

Back cover copy

John, Susan, Titty and Roger return to the lake for another summer of camping on their island with their old allies, the Amazon pirates. And then disaster strikes when they find themselves marooned ashore by the shipwreck of their boat. But if they can't reach the island, there's always the hidden valley of Swallowdale to discover...