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Lakeland Saga [Illustrated] [Paperback]

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30 April 2012
This is the story of a family whose lives pivoted between the very English setting of the Lake District and the exoticism of Aleppo and Jerusalem. It touches on the familys connections with Arthur Ransome and his Swallows and Amazons, the Oxford world of Idealistic philosophy, and characters such as John Ruskin and Lawrence of Arabia.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sigma Leisure; 1 edition (30 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850589054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850589051
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy Cillingwood, an Anglican minister in pensioned ministry, is Brigit Sanders (née Altounyan) third cousin, descended from John Christian Collingwood, a younger brother of William Collingwood, the water colourist. Brigit Sanders, who is descended from William, just prior to her death deposited with the author various papers and documents which were the result of her research into the lives of the Collingwood and Altounyan families.

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By mercian
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This is an informative and readable little book well illustrated fot its size. I learned much that I had not already known, from the now many books about Arthur Ransome's life, particularly about the Collingwood family and their links to Ruskin.

But Ransome addicts, like me, will not find the answers to several tantalising aspects of Ransome's complicated relationships with Dora Collingwood/Altounian, Ernest Altounian and their children (the inspiration of his books), and which still remain to be explored further. What was the source of the friction between Ransome and Ernest Altounian? Did Evgenia, Ransome's second wife, play a part in the often strained relationshipos? Was Ransome really a curmudgenly man, disliking children, or the sad never to be parent of Dora's offspring? One feels that the author suppressed his own opinions on these questions.

The history of the hospital in Aleppo, founded by Altounyan's father and later run by Ernest and Dora is fascinating, but we are not told why the Syrian regime destroyed such a valuable amenity
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Arthur Ransome enthusiasts 25 Oct 2013
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I took this book out of the Arthur Ransome Society library and then bought a copy for myself. It is the carefully researched story of the family for whom Arthur Ransome wrote 'Swallows and Amazons' in exchange for a pair of red slippers given to him by the children for his 45th birthday when he wasn't feeling very well. I loved seeing the collection of old photographs and have recommended this short book to other TARS members. I am sure they will appreciate the work that has gone into putting it together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An informative read 6 Oct 2012
I was lead to this book through an interest in Arthur Ransome but in fact the Collingwood and Altounyan families were quite suffiently interesting in themselves. While I learned little I didn't already know about Ransome I learned a lot about artistic families and families travelling, not always easily, between two very different cultures. The author, Jeremy Collingwood, is extremely self effacing but has done an excellent job with the family material he inherited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written easy read with loads of pictures 25 Jun 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a colourful and entertaining account of the lives and history of the Collingwood and Altounyan families and their lives and adventures in Coniston, England and Aleppo, Syria in the 1920's.
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