Pigeon Post, Hardback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


'Barbecued billygoats!' Can you imagine finding gold?

That's just what the Swallows and Amazons and Dick and Dorothea decide to hunt for in the hills high above the lake.

But it's a hot and dry summer and water is in scarce supply.

Worse still for the troubled campers, they have competition: Squashy Hat.

Anybody can see he is a prospector. And talk about squashy hats! The children have never seen squashier. Just who is he and what sort of traps is he laying? Using pigeons to carry messages, braving dangerous mines and fires, the Swallows, Amazons and D's Mining Company must stake their claim before their dreaded rival...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780224021241

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I borrowed this from my mum at Christmas... it's the sixth book in the Swallows & Amazons series. And it's filled with serious business! People nearly die lots of times! The Swallows, Amazons and D's decide to spend their holiday mining for gold, they dig a well, they make charcoal... it all sounds a bit too much like hard work to me for a summer holiday! But I'm sure my holidays wouldn't be eventful enough for them. I actually still get pretty freaked out by the dowsing bit and by the stuff about fire.

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