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Swallows, Amazons and Coots


“There is always more in life than meets the eye. The delightful and unique Arthur Ransome stories from Swallows and Amazons to Great Northern? have captivated us over the years. But now we learn, thanks to this fascinating book, that there are more aspects and depths to the stories than we ever imagined. In no way does this diminish them – on the contrary. By giving us a more profound understanding of the author, the adventures and exploits of his characters take on an extra depth and dimension. These are stories for children that no adult should miss.” (Virginia McKenna, OBE)

swamcootWould you like to know more about the Swallows and Amazons series of novels? Do you know someone who would like to know more? Is there a book-shaped hole in your or a friend’s Christmas stocking? If so, this hugely entertaining new study by Julian Lovelock may prove just the answer you need.

Julian is well-placed to undertake such a critical study, both as a life-long Ransome enthusiast and a former lecturer in English literature (he is currently Dean of Arts and Languages and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University). Swallows, Amazons and Coots has already attracted rich praise from his peers, and looks set to be an important addition to many bookshelves, both for Ransome-enthusiasts and general readers.

In this charming but exacting study, Lovelock brings vividly alive the world of Swallows and Amazons and the intriguing character of its creator. (Stefan Hawlin, Professor in English Literature, University of Buckingham);

This is an elegant and leisurely guide through the books in the company of an amiable and well-informed companion. (Peter Hunt, Professor Emeritus in Children’s Literature at Cardiff University, author of Approaching Arthur Ransome);

This is a splendid and timely book. Julian Lovelock restores Arthur Ransome to his rightful place on one of the peaks of children’s fiction (Fred Inglis, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sheffield).

More details are available from the Lutterworth Press.

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