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The first in Arthur Ransome's charming, thrilling and inspirational series. The book that has set generations of children and their parents afloat, on the high seas of the Lake District.

'Swallows and Amazons for ever!'

The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures.

BACKSTORY: Crack the Swallow's code and learn all about the adventurous author.

Reviews

The book I remember most from childhood. I wanted to be with them on their escapist adventures with their boats and picnics and summer in beautiful Cumbria

Miranda Hart, Daily Express

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099572794

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage Children's Classics

    528 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099503910

    December 1, 1995

    Red Fox

    384 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Swallows and Amazons
    Arthur Ransome

    Hardback

    9780224606318

    July 1, 1992

    Jonathan Cape

    384 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • EBook

    9781446478899

    November 4, 2011

    RHCP Digital

    384 pages

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