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Robin, the Acle Coot,
This review is from: The World of Arthur Ransome (Hardcover)
I have been a reader of Arthur Ransome's fiction since I was a young child. Living in Acle in the heart of the Broads, I particularly enjoyed his two Broads books 'Coot Club' and 'The Big Six'. Acle is mentioned briefly in both books - I always considered myself Robin - the Acle member of the Coot Club, who famously suffered with stomach ache after eating half a penny's worth of chocolate in 'The Big Six'!! As an adult I have sought to find out more about the man behind the books, and have many of the books about Ransome and the settings for his books. There is not too much new information in Christina Hardyment's new book, but it is presented superbly, with short chapters that make it easily readable (especially when compared to the biography and autobiography). Many of the pictures haven't been seen before; there are some wonderful pictures from the Ransome family archive and these are interspersed with contemporary views of locations from his life, his books and his sailing exploits. A fantastic addition to the Ransome fan's library.