In Search of Swallows & Amazons

Arthur Ransome's Lakeland

In Search of Swallows & Amazons

Using diaries of Ransome and his wife, journals of his friends and Ransome's own notes, Roger Wardale has pieced together the story of how Swallows and Amazons and its Lake District successors came to be written.

The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)

The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)

In 1973 Sophie Neville was cast as Titty alongside Virginia McKenna, Ronald Fraser and Suzanna Hamilton in the film Swallows & Amazons. Made before the advent of digital technology, the child stars lived out Arthur Ransome's epic adventure in the great outdoors without ever seeing a script. Encouraged by her mother, Sophie Neville kept a diary about her time filming on location in the lakes and mountains of Cumbria. Bouncy and effervescent, extracts from her childhood diary are interspersed among her memories of the cast and crew as well as photographs, maps and newspaper articles, offering a child's eye view of the making of the film from development to premiere - and the aftermath.

Swallows, Amazons and Coots

A Reading of Arthur Ransome

Swallows, Amazons and Coots

In 1929, Arthur Ransome (1884-1967), a journalist and war correspondent who was on the books of MI6, turned his hand to writing adventure stories for children. The result was Swallows and Amazons and eleven more wonderful books followed, spanning inpublication the turbulent years from 1930 to 1947. They changed the course of children's literature and have never been out of print since. In them, Ransome creates a world of escape so close to reality that it is utterly believable, a world in which things always turn out right in the end. Yet Swallows, Amazons and Coots shows that, to be properly appreciated today, the novels must be read as products of their era, inextricably bound up with Ransome's life and times as he bore witness to the end of Empire and the dark days of the Second World War. In the first critical book devoted wholly to the series, Julian Lovelock explores each novel in turn, offering an erudite assessment of Ransome's creative process and narrative technique, and highlighting his contradictory politics, his defence of rural England, and his reflections on colonialism and the place of women in society. Thus Lovelock demonstrates convincingly that, despite first appearances, the novels challenge as much as reinforce the pervading attitudes of their time.Written with a lightness of touch and enlivened by Ransome's own illustrations, Swallows, Amazons and Coots is both fresh and nostalgic. It will appeal to anyone who has enjoyed the world of Swallows and Amazons, and there is plenty here to challenge both the student and the Ransome enthusiast.

The Coniston Tigers

Seventy Years of Mountain Adventure

The Coniston Tigers

This work provides a comprehensive look at the author's years with the Coniston Tigers, one of the first climbing clubs in the Lake District. It talks of his climbing with the great names such as George Basterfield, G.S. Sansom and C.F. Holland, and captures daring exploits of climbing in the 1930s long before modern safeguards.

Peter Duck

Peter Duck

Six intrepid brothers and sisters crew out on the high seas where they brave every imaginable danger.

More Lakeland Walking

On the Level

More Lakeland Walking

Deals with level walks in the beautiful English Lake District. This book contains 26 walks which start and finish at a recommended parking area. It includes walks, some of which are among the high mountains of the Lake District while others explore the fringe areas. It offers instructions, maps and photographs, and concise introductory notes.

The Cruise of the Alerte

The Cruise of the Alerte

Edward Frederick Knight (1852-1925) was an English barrister and writer about sailing. In 1889 he sailed to the island of Trindade off the coast of Brazil in a 64 foot cutter named the Alerte. He was in search of treasure. He wrote the book The Cruise of the Alerte about his journey with detailed descriptions of Trindade. His other books include: Where Three Empires Meet, Sailing and Falcon in the Baltic. He was an influence on Arthur Ransome who used his book Sailing to teach himself how to sail and in the Swallows and Amazons series as a resource for his fictional characters. Ransome also used the descriptions of Trindade as a model for his fictional Crab Island in the book Peter Duck.

Swallowdale

Swallowdale

John, Susan, Titty and Roger return to the lake for another summer camping on their island with their old allies, Nancy and Peggy, otherwise known as the Amazon pirates. But immediately disaster strikes when the Swallows find themselves marooned ashore by the shipwreck of their boat. But if they can't have the island, there's always Swallowdale, the secret valley, hidden from the world and containing an extra secret concealed within it.