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‘No supplies from Atkinson’s. Occupied by treacherous enemy.’
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The Elixir of Life – Reborn

2 December, 2018

We’re pleased to announce republication of The Elixir of Life.

Thriller, horror and historical romance, The Elixir is Arthur Ransome’s only novel for adults. As Christina Hardyment’s introduction explains, it is utterly unlike Swallows and Amazons and its sequels. Even so, readers familiar with the latter will find hints in The Elixir of the celebrated novelist Ransome would become, whilst all may enjoy this stirring tale of life, death and love in its own right.

Why not try it yourself, as winter draws in?

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‘Wells dry. Bones scatter the desert. Life impossible.’
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‘Crawling home more dead than alive. Bellies pinched. Throats parched. Please put the kettle on.’
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Once Upon a Time, Deep in the Forest

30 October, 2018

Come and emulate Vanya and Maroosia for an afternoon or evening of folktales and magic, as Old Peter’s Russian Tales is brought to life on stage in Swansea. There are two performances on November 24, part of this year’s Being Human Fesival. Entry is free, but booking is required. For full details, and to book, visit the event webpage here.

The events will be accompanied by a range of activities including an arts station and story writing workshops.

We’re taking ART’s bookstall along, including copies of Old Peter himself. So if you need to stock, or restock your Ransome bookshelf, are looking for presents for family and friends, or “just” want to come over and semaphore “hello”, please do so. It’ll be great to meet up and share some time with Baba Yaga and The Little Daughter of the Snow.

Website updated

09 August, 2018

Welcome to our new website. Please do take a few moments to look around.

New features to look out for include:

Great Exhibition of the North

22 June, 2018

The Great Exhibition of the North opened in Newcastle today. Running for three months, it is designed to showcase “the North of England’s pioneering spirit and the impact of our inventors, artists and designers”. Plus writers, of course. We were really pleased to hear that the exhibition would recognise Ransome’s part in this great history, and honoured to be able to help provide advice. We wish the exhibition every success.

Autobiography published

3 March, 2018

We released our new edition of The Autobiography of Arthur Ransome today. It’s the second publication in our Buried Treasure project. Our new edition contains:

  • The full text from the first, 1976 Jonathan Cape edition, as edited by Ransome’s literary executor and friend, Sir Rupert Hart-Davis;
  • Sir Rupert’s prologue and epilogue;
  • A new selection of 60 black and white photographs;
  • New, specially-produced maps.

It is available now from our shop.