Swallows & Amazons Changes Lives

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Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons novels have inspired generations. They ignited Dame Ellen MacArthur’s desire to sail and led David Bellamy to champion conservation. For Norman Willis they were a source of sanity whilst General Secretary of the TUC. In Maurice Rowlandson they inspired a lifetime’s service organising youth sailing cruises on the Norfolk Broads. By the turn of the century over 30,000 had taken part and the cruises continue to this day.

They are just a handful of the many thousands for whom the Swallows and Amazons have been enduring mentors and friends.

Together, Arthur Ransome’s novels changed British children’s literature, affected a whole generation’s view of holidays, helped to create the national image of the English Lake District, and added Arthur Ransome’s name to the select list of classic British children’s authors,” (Professor Peter Hunt, Approaching Arthur Ransome, 1992).