Swallows and Amazons

Friendship, resourcefulness, and sailing, too! Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series has stood the test of time. More than just great stories, each one celebrates independence and initiative with a colorful, large cast of characters.

Swallows and Amazons, the book that started it all in 1930, introduces the Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the catboat “Swallow,” and the two intrepid Amazons, plucky Nancy and Peggy Blackett.

Like the entire series that follows, this book is for children or grownups, anyone captivated by a world of adventure and imagination, exploring and setting sail. that follows, this book is for children or grownups, anyone captivated by a world of adventure and imagination, exploring and setting sail.

Clean and lively prose, with an earnest whimsy…The 12 books in the series are justly ranked as classics, standing with the children’s stories of Kipling, Barrie and Grahame.
The Telegraph

The author really does know how to write for children: in other words, he writes of what he himself delights in and so pleases without any effort both young and old.
The Nation

This book is both silvery present and golden retrospect. All that is tedious and sullen and deceptive vanishes in its sunniness as clouds vanish in the tempered air of a summer day. . . We think that the book will last, too, from edition unto edition.
Saturday Review

There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating.
Times Literary Supplement

He makes a tale of adventure a handbook to adventure.
—The Observer

For those who regret the hemming-in of childhood, the Swallows and Amazons are free-range children to gladden the heart.
The Wall Street Journal

Arthur Ransome was an English author and journalist. He is best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books about the school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. Many of the books involve sailing; fishing and camping are other common subjects. The books remain popular and Swallows and Amazons is the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, the two lakes Ransome adapted as his fictional North Country lake.