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Book Title: Great Northern?: A Scottish Adventure of Swallows & Amazons|
The author of the book: Arthur Ransome
Edition: Brilliance Audio
Date of issue: December 4th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781455860081
Format files: PDF
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Finally! Here is the twelfth, and ﬁnal, book in Arthur Ransome’s acclaimed Swallows and Amazons series. People familiar with his earlier work will recognize the pattern: children set out on an adventure (this one off the coast of Scotland) with a minimum of parental advice and interference. Here, the story centers on a desperate race to thwart the efforts of pernicious egg collectors threatening the survival of a pair of rare birds not previously known to nest in British waters (actually, the bird is the handsome North American “Great Northern Diver,” more commonly called a loon).
When we ﬁrst considered reissuing this beloved series, we asked our friends what they thought of the idea. No one encouraged us; but we loved the books. They were rooted in reality and had the grit and voice of real experience. Practical information abounded – about sailing and navigating, tickling trout and tying knots. Problems set to children were solved. Today, with all twelve titles in print, we’re pleased to report that there are legions of Ransome fans who welcome each new addition with enthusiasm. The success of ﬁne writing has everything to do with good stories, palpable energy, engaging models, and credible adventures; and all these Arthur Ransome provides in spades.
"Written in the most beautiful English, this is one of the books that I would be proud to give anyone." – BBC
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Read information about the authorArthur Michell Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and educated in Windermere and Rugby. His family spent their summers at Nibthwaite, to the south of Coniston Water.
In 1902, Ransome abandoned a chemistry degree to become a publisher's office boy in London. He used this precarious existence to practise writing, producing several minor works before Bohemia in London (1907), a study of London's artistic scene and his first significant book.
An interest in folklore, together with a desire to escape an unhappy first marriage, led Ransome to St Petersburg, where he was ideally placed to observe and report on the Russian Revolution. He knew many of the leading Bolsheviks, including Lenin, Radek, Trotsky and the latter's secretary, Evgenia Shvelpina. These contacts led to persistent but unproven accusations that he "spied" for both the Bolsheviks and Britain.
Ransome married Evgenia and returned to England in 1924. Settling in the Lake District, he spent the late 1920s as a foreign correspondent and highly-respected angling columnist for the Manchester Guardian, before settling down to write Swallows and Amazons and its successors.
Today Ransome is best known for his Swallows and Amazons series of novels, (1931 - 1947). All remain in print and have been widely translated.
Arthur Ransome died in June 1967 and is buried at Rusland in the Lake District.