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The Autobiography of Arthur Ransome

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£12.00 (+£3.00p+p)

Paperback 472pp
ISBN: 978-0995568112

I filled a pipe, lit it, and typewriter in hand set out towards the trenches of the Russians. I pulled pretty hard at my pipe, burning my tongue but producing lots of smoke. Nobody, I reasoned, was going to shoot at a man walking slowly across and obviously enjoying his tobacco.

Arthur Ransome’s decade-long involvement with Russia, during and after the First World War and Russian Revolutions, saw him play chess with Lenin, marry Trotsky’s secretary, help Estonia gain independence and attract the attention of both MIS and MI6.

These Russian adventures form the central part of Ransome’s fascinating memoirs. But they are equally unmissable for his vivid recollections of his late-Victorian childhood, his love for the Lake District, his Edwardian literary apprenticeship in Bohemian London, his passions for sailing and fishing, and many other unexpected stepping stones on his enthralling journey to Swallows and Amazons and its eleven sequels, the classic novels by which he remains best known today.

Old Peter’s Russian Tales


the Battle of the Birds and the Beasts


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£9.00 (+£3.00p+p)

Paperback 320pp
ISBN: 978-0995568105

In a hut deep in the Russian forests, old Peter’s grand children listen as he tells of fire-birds and foxes, of flying ships and frost, of Sadko and salt, of tzars and peasants and witches and soldiers, and of the Little Daughter of the Snow.

First published in 1916, Old Peter’s Russian Tales is a wonderful collection of Russian folk lore, retold by a master storyteller. For the first time it is available in this single volume with Arthur Ransome’s second collection of Russian tales, which were originally published as The War of the Birds and the Beasts in 1984. The latter volume includes The Soldier and Death, Ransome’s favourite Russian Tale, which was first published in its own right in 1920.

Illustrated by Faith Jaques, and with an introduction by Hugh Lupton, Arthur Ransome’s great-nephew and himself one of Britain’s leading storytellers, this is a collection to savour and to share.

Sample inside: from The Soldier and Death

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All the time he was doing this Vanya and Maroosia were snuggling together close by the stove, thinking what story they would ask for, and listening to the crashing of the snow as it fell from the trees outside. Now that old Peter was at home, the noise made them feel comfortable and warm. Before, perhaps, it had made them feel a little frightened.


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