Swallowdale, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


'Ahoy! Ahoy! Swallows! Ahoy!' Have you ever sailed in a boat or built a camp?

Have you caught trout and cooked it yourself? The four Swallows, John, Susan, Titty and Roger return to the lake full of such plans and they can't wait to meet up with Nancy and Peggy, the Amazon Pirates.

When the Swallow is shipwrecked and the Amazon's fearsome Great-Aunt makes decides to make a visit their summer seems ruined.

Then they discover a wonderful hidden valley and things take a turn for the better...BACKSTORY: Discover the real Swallowdale, swot up on seafaring and learn all about the adventurous author.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640 pages, b/w original by author
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780099572824



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I've reread this series, particularly the earlier books, several times since my childhood. I am in the process of collecting the entire series in recent paperbacks because my dad's old, much loved hardbacks are showing their age and I am scared to touch them too much. It is a joy to reread each one as I add the new copy to my collection.Notes on most recent reread: Once again, an utter joy. I found myself wondering why exactly I find these books so engaging. It's not pure nostalgia for cosy childhood days spent sharing the Cumbrian lakes with the Swallows and the Amazons. It's also the quality of the writing which translates perfectly to my adult reader's tastes. There is a refreshing lack of twee, in my opinion, and thankfully Ransome avoids the syrup and sanctimonious overtones too apparent in much writing for children (can you tell I don't like Enid Blighton?) These kids are polite and in general well behaved but they are pretty much anti-prissy. The thrills are gentle but still compelling and I found myself reading for much longer at each sitting than I had intended, not wanting to put it down.The 1/2 star off is only because I think the first book, <i>Swallows and Amazons</i>, holds together and grips just that smidge more convincingly. Both are brilliant books.

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