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  • Published: 5 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448191048
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

The Picts and the Martyrs

or Not Welcome At All




The poor old Amazons become Martyrs and the Ds become Picts who live in the woods, in Arthur Ransome's 11th adventure.

The Ds can't wait to go and stay with Nancy and Peggy in the Lake District during the summer holidays. But when the Amazons’ dreadful Great Aunt invites herself to stay too, the summer is threatened with dullness. Staying indoors and reading poetry is not what anyone had in mind. To save the Ds from total boredom, the Amazons arrange for their friends to stay in a tumble-down hut in the woods. And as long as no one discovers they're there they can sail all summer long...

In the Backstory you can learn how to make a campfire!

Vintage Children’s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

  • Pub date: 5 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448191048
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and went to school at Rugby. He was in Russia in 1917, and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian.

After escaping to Scandinavia, he settled in the Lake District with his Russian wife where, in 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons. And so began a writing career which has produced some of the real children's treasures of all time. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post.

Ransome died in 1967. He and his wife Evgenia lie buried in the churchyard of St Paul's Church, Rusland, in the southern Lake District.

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Praise for The Picts and the Martyrs

“Stands out in triumph. It is firm, intelligent, in tune with twentieth-century mentality and well-written”

Times Literary Supplement

“Quite up to the best standards of its predecessors, and to all old Ransome devotees the return to the lake of the first novels gives an added pleasure”

Glasgow Herald


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