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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (6 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099427265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099427261
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim J-R on 26 Sep 2012
Format: Paperback
Great Northern?, the last complete story in Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series, is a much better adventure than I remembered from childhood. The three groups of siblings are sailing the Sea Bear off the Scottish coast with Captain Flint (whether this is meant to be real or another story made up by the children is unclear, but personally I favour the former position) when Dick makes a remarkable discovery - but then must protect it from danger.

This novel focusses heavily on Dick, but with good chunks of the narrative with Roger and several of the other characters. If anything, it is the mates - Peggy and Susan - who receive the least attention, a problem they have suffered from throughout the series. The plot deals with an interesting conflict between two different sides to science and presents quite a lot of educational and philosophical information to its young target audience.

My memory from childhood was that this was one of the weakest of the series, and my recollections of what was going to happen slightly shaded my experience of re-reading. Yet this time I thought it stronger, and once I got past one particularly awkward scene I relaxed and found it to be quite a good adventure. Maybe not the finale that I think the series deserved but certainly better than many other children's books.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By W. Weinstein on 11 April 2001
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Another wonderful story of the Swallows, Amazons and Ds. This time they are far out in the Scottish Highlands and, unusually, it is the mild-mannered Dick, rather than the fiery Nancy who is calling the shots. Rather than ape the myriad reviews that give you a banal synopsis of the plot, I will simply say that this, like all the other books in the series, is a jewel that you and your children will want to gaze upon again and again. If I can find fault with these books, and I'm sure Arthur Ransome would agree with me, it is the dreadful, vulgar cover illustrations that Red Fox Publishing has chosen for their reissue. It is close to sacrilegious that such fine writing should be dressed in such appalling style.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By dmg@grantune-msi.freeserve.co.uk on 17 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like all Arthur Ransome's childrens books the Great Northern? adventures take place out-of-doors and with a close affiliation to boats and nature. Children can easily identify with the characters and are stimulated to attempt the wholesome lifestyle portrayed. Although a little old-fashioned and perhaps romantic for this century, this book will give great enjoyment to its readers and will encourage those whose first Arthur Ransome book this might be to read about its characters in other volumes. For those who know the characters already, this is a welcome addition to the series.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. Monro on 29 May 2008
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I was given a copy of "Great Northern" for my twelfth birthday, and I can vividly remember this birthday even now, fifty years later. I had never read any Arthur Ransome books before, and I didn't know what to expect. I devoured the book in a couple of days. I was transported, and in particular I gained a love and romantic attachment to the west coast of Scotland that has never left me, even though I now live 12,000 miles away in New Zealand. I really miss those bens, the lochs and lochans, the heather and water and the stone, the beautiful rugged stone - its a place where the presence of Gaia is tangible, you can almost hear her breathing. The story of the childrens' efforts to thwart the egg collector and record the first breeding of the Great Northern diver in Scotalnd was to me so exciting, unputdownable. The author's sense of place is brilliant, as it is in his other books, and of course, after this, I read them all, several times.

I gained a love of sailing too, and I was once priveliged to take my Drascombe lugger to the Isle of Ulva, and after anchoring in some small natural harbour, I climbed a steep brae, with wonderful views over to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, and there I met my first diver, a red throated one, which croaked like a frog in a small lochan alongside my path.

I don't know what modern children think of Arthur Ransome's books. But they are all, as is "Great Northern", classics, and should endure as long as the English language is spoken and understood.
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Loved these books since age 10 or so, reading them again at 75. Great escapism in a vanished pre-war world.
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By Bob on 18 Feb 2014
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Our older boys (age 12 and 14) both love this series and are gripped by the stories. Really good old fashioned reading with adventure and excitement. Lovely for them to enter a bygone age and imagine all the fun of freedom in the countryside that their forebears enjoyed. Shame life isn't like that anymore!
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By Steven Jackson on 26 Dec 2013
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L:ast in the series- a great pity. A great read and well up to the usual standard. Word, Word,Word. Wordless.
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By Jackie Brown on 3 Oct 2013
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We are now on the last book of the Swallows and Amazons series, and this one has proved to be the favourite of all the ones we've bought. It is a good ending to a very good series.
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