A pleasantly nostalgic journey that will have you searching out your old books once more.(Field)
This beautifully illustrated book explores the places that shaped the writer, telling the story about his childhood, his friendships, his two wives and daughter. It also descibes how and where he wrote each of his 12 classic children's books.(Suffolk & Norfolk Life)
Christina Hardyment celebrates a life of houses, boats and books. There are wonderful pictures of the man, with his fine, bushy moustache enjoying sailing and fishing and pictures of the houses and boats and nostalgic pictures of the old books in their old dust jackets just as they were when they were first read(The Cumberland News)
If you're going to the Lakes, or you love Ransome's stories, this heavily-illustrated book is a treat(Tribune)
'It's a magnificent production, giving the illustrations plenty of space to breathe, and, most importantly, a great, well-researched read. I'm loving it.'
CHRISTINA HARDYMENT is the author of many books on ‘literary geography’, including Arthur Ransome and Captain Flint’s Trunk (ISBN 9780711226920), Heidi’s Alp (Atlantic Monthly) and Literary Trails (National Trust). She has also written a biography of Sir Thomas Malory and books about the social history of the home and the family, including Dream Babies (ISBN 9780711227996). She lives in a rambling house in Oxford with a huge garden, much enjoyed by her seven grandchildren. Time off is spent exploring the river Thames, in a British Moth dinghy and a camping punt.
I really enjoyed this book which is very well written and very well researched in considerable detail detail. Read morePublished 18 months ago by marine78
If you are interested in Arthur Ransome and the world of Swallows & Amazons this is another must have book.Published 19 months ago by jimlad
I gulped down this volume in two days, even taking it to read on the train, before giving it away as a special present. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sophie Neville
Beautifully written and cleverly illustrated. It was beyond my expectations. I shall give it as a gift to friends and family.Published on 20 April 2013 by W R Freeman
This book will be loved by all Arthur Ransome Fans. Brings out the reality found in the Swallows and Amazons, Coot Club etc.Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by Mr. E. B. Cowell
Bought as a gift for my husband who is a fan of Arthur Ransome books and he thinks it is marvellous. It has also 'hooked' other family members of different age groups. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by Mrs Pickett