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We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (Swallows And Amazons)

We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea (Swallows And Amazons) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur Ransome
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"Arthur Ransome's adventure books are an institution, and Christmas is the richer because of his invention, gravity, and solid matter" (Times Literary Supplement)

"The seventh of the Arthur Ransome books about the Swallows and the Amazons, and I really think it is the best" (The Sunday Times)

"The most exciting of the whole Swallows and Amazon series" (New Statesman)

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A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1870 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital; New Ed edition (30 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057WTFFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all the Swallows and Amazons books 26 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I love this book most out of the whole series. The four Swallows spend a few days with an adult friend on board a real sea-going ship. However, while the owner is ashore the ship drifts out to sea in the fog. There is the same loving attention to detail as usual, but this is the first book in which the children face real danger. From the moment the Swallows realise they have drifted out to sea, it's non-stop action until the end.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sailing classic 17 April 2002
By A Customer
This is my favourite S & A book. The Walkers (no Amazons) are on board a yacht but aren't allowed to sail past the 'Beach End Buoy'. Set in the River Stour in East Anglia, events transpire which see the four children accidentally cross the North Sea in a gale. It is an exciting book which has the most 'sailing' content of all the S & A books.
It is inspirational in that the children triumph over the adversity of crossing to Holland in a small boat in shocking weather.
I have read this book countless times since receiving it as a child. It inspired me to sail and I could practically sail a boat for the first time, aged 12 years, having read this book.
Drag your children away from mind numbing computer games and role models who only want to look good - thrust this in their mitts and hopefully their imaginations will be inspired. If not, read it yourself and you never know, the magic of sailing will become a part of your live.
Jib-booms and bobstays, that was profound !
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
No plain sailing but a great read nevertheless! Arthur Ransome's seventh "Swallows and Amazons" adventure is set not long after the action of "Pigeon Post". The action occurs, this time, in the south of England, rather than in the Lake District, and with just the Swallows alone. They are passing the time on the Rivers Orwell and Stour, while waiting to meet up with their father - due, at any time, on leave from his overseas posting with the Royal Navy.
What starts out as a few days quiet sailing, though, quickly turns into something rather more frightening, with the children suddenly drawn into a terrifying and completely unexpected adventure, when they find themselves and their (borrowed) boat being swept out to sea by a fierce tide. For once, the Swallows face a very real and serious danger that is to test their combined courage, fortitude and seamanship to the utmost. It is fascinating (for grown-up readers, at least) to see each of the children's highly individual (and completely characteristic) reactions to their predicament. Younger readers, of course, are more likely just to be carried away by the pure nail-biting suspense of it all!
While this is a gripping and enthralling tale throughout, the tensions (arising from the danger and the worries of the older children) are lightened for the reader by the pure infectious glee of the younger pair. They, of course, are less aware of the seriousness of their predicament - especially Roger, who, as usual, is perfectly content so long as there is plenty of food around - and rather enjoy themselves!
As in all of the "Swallows and Amazons" books, Ransome's story-telling abilities are second to none, here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adventure story 9 Feb 2009
I read this book when I was a boy. I have now bought it for my great nephew. It's an excellent adventure story suitable for girls or boys. A group of children on a yacht off the East Anglian coast find they have drifted into the North Sea by mistake. They end up sailing - without any adults on board - across to Holland. Lots of nautical lore and lots of atmosphere. Very exciting.

The same author wrote the more famous Swallows and Amazons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His finest book 4 May 2013
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This is Ransomes finest book ; not for me perhaps his most enjoyable, that is Winter Holiday, but still the finest book he wrote. Ransome is well known as a sailor. He owned several boats and in real life cruised the baltic and the south and east coasts of England widely.

The plot draws on his extensive knowledge of the joys and hazards associated with the activity. The dragging anchor, the fog, the storm with dangerous land to leeward and any number of other events in the book are all brilliantly described and evoke a real sense of excitement anxiety and finally triumph as one by one each event is dealt with.

Ransomes characterisation of all the children is the best he achieved in any of his books but John, the skipper, is a true hero. Outwardly calm , inwardly in turmoil ,he is a young man who has learned the lessons of his elders. Conquering his fears he applies those lessons and having done so finds that things aren't so bad after all, and that even the most trying circumstances can be quite enjoyable. John brings the boat and the children through to safety. His reward when he finally meets up with his father is described in the most intimate bit of writing in any of the books.

"" A lot of things were lucky," said Daddy, and suddenly while they were walking along, brought his hand down on John's shoulder and gave it a bit of a squeeze, "you'll be a seaman, yet my son."

And John, for one dreadful moment, felt that something was wrong with his eyes. A sort of wetness......"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good old time favourite
Published 1 day ago by Ted
1.0 out of 5 stars Held to Ransome!
This is a great book but the one they sent me was NOT the one illustrated here - with its classic cover designed by Ransome himself. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Claudia Saatchi
5.0 out of 5 stars We did not mean to go to sea.
A lovely read reminding me of the freedom experience by children in earlier times. Having read Swollows and Amazon I just had to read another of his books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite childhood stories
This book was one of my childhood favourites, and so being able to download it onto my Kindle to read when I want something light and easy to read has been great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mucklewick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Really enjoying. It's been a long while since I've read this one. Worth the wait. Must catch up on the rest
Published 4 months ago by Mr. David J. Debere
5.0 out of 5 stars historical adventure story for all ages!
I first read this book as a child of ten and was enthralled by the nautical detail and sheer adventure of it and now at 75 I have just read it again with just as much enjoyment! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Emsierra
5.0 out of 5 stars We didn't mean to go to sea.
I missed this as a child and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it as an adult.I shall try more of these titles.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. D. Yuill
5.0 out of 5 stars I think my favourite of the series.
Ransome knows sailing and navigation, bringing to life the problems encountered when an accident turns a safe cruise into a life threatening voyage. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P G
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson loves this book!
My grandson's comment that it was 'mostly about vomit' does not do the book justice but then he is only six!
Published 5 months ago by Liz Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight for adults as well as kids
Utterly deligful. Got this after a r,infer from david Dimbleby's Britain and the Sea. Although a children's book it was a delightful read and very net resting for the attitudes to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shez Wilkie
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