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Before a Peak in Darien

Background to Before a Peak in Darien

Amazon Publications is an independent publishing co-operative that aims to publish one book per year by or about Arthur Ransome. For copyright reasons its books are only sold to members of The Arthur Ransome Society.


Before a Peak in Darien reprints sample essays, stories and passages from some of Ransome’s earlier books, including: The Souls of the Streets; The Stone Lady; The Book of Friendship;  The Imp and the Elf and the Ogre; A History of Story-telling; Edgar Allan Poe; The Hoofmarks of the Fawn; Portraits and Speculations and The Elixir of Life. The editor, Paul Crisp provides an introduction examining Ransome’s early development as a writer.

First publication

Published by Amazon Publications in 2008.


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