A History of Story-Telling

In stock
Product Details

For the last hour I have been sitting in my easy-chair, a cup of tea at my elbow, a pipe in my mouth, a good fire at my feet, trying not to let myself stray too far from the consideration of Cervantes and his place in the history of story-telling.

From Jean de Meung to Guy de Maupassant, via Chaucer, Bunyan, Austen, Scott, Poe and many other masters of their craft, Arthur Ransome’s History of Story-Telling is no simple compendium of facts and dates.

Instead he gave his pen a livelier, more thought-provoking and enduring aim: to write of story-telling as an activity he loved, exploring, through his heroes’ masterpieces, the development of story-telling technique and gradual perfecting of form.


‘Anyone who actually makes a practice of telling stories will recognize at once that Ransome knows what he’s talking about … and what an agreeable companion he is, with his pipe and his knapsack, and his broad sympathies, his interest in everything human and his fascination with the art of telling stories.’

(Philip Pullman)

Save this product for later

Further information

In this section:

UK and overseas customers
Trade customers

Carrying up the puncheon
Swallows and Amazons

UK and overseas customers


Postage and packing is calculated by destination and weight, and shown in your shopping bag and checkout.

Our UK p&p charges are currently £1.25 for combined product weights up to 90gm, £1.85 for combined weights up to 235gm, £2.35 or £3.65 for combined weights up to 400gm (dependent on volume), £3.65 for combined weights up to 1.85kg, and £8.95 for combined weights up to 8.0kg.

Ways to order

UK customers may order online or by mail order.

If you are in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the USA or an EU member state, you can place online orders with a combined product weight of 1.85kg or less.

We regret that we do not currently process larger orders from these countries, or any orders from other countries, online. However, you can order by sending us an overseas order enquiry.


We take payment for UK online and all overseas orders via Paypal. You can pay using your credit or debit card by selecting “guest” within the Paypal portal. UK mail orders may pay by cheque. Cheques must be crossed and made payable to “Arthur Ransome Trust”.


We will process and post your order as soon as possible. In most cases delivery should be within 3 – 4 business days for UK customers, 4 – 6 days within the EU, and 6 – 8 days elsewhere overseas. But please note that our shop is not staffed 24 hours per day, or 365 days each year (we need some time off for enjoyable Ransome adventures, after all). It is always possible that your order will coincide with our being half way to Wild Cat Island or at an ART event. Please therefore allow up to 28 days for delivery.

Full terms of sale

The above information is only a summary of our full Shop Terms of Sale. Please read these before placing your order, as they contain important further information about postage, ordering, payment, dispatch, customs (for overseas orders) and how you may cancel your order. When you order you accept these terms of sale and our other published Terms and Conditions.

Trade customers

Routine orders for ART Publications can be made via Nielsen BookNet Service.

Alternately, please email your order or enquiry to