Swallowdale, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'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...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780224606325

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The second in Arthur Ransome's classic series about a group of children (a few groups of children, really) and their holiday adventures in the great outdoors, this delightful novel is more than the equal of its predecessor, <u>Swallows and Amazons</u>. Opening as the four Swallows - the Walker children: Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - return to the lake, eager for another summer of sailing, <u>Swallowdale</u> soon shifts focus, as two catastrophes - one maritime, the other familial - prevent their complete reunion with their friendly ally-adversaries, the Amazons. Landlocked, and unable to spend much time with Captain Nancy and Mate Peggy, the Swallows confront a summer stripped of all the delights they had spent a year anticipating. Until, that is, Titty and Roger discover a secret valley - the beautiful Swallowdale - and another sort of adventure begins...As with the first entry in the series, I was impressed by how engaging Ransome's narrative proved to be, given its leisurely pace, and lack of sensational incident. Everything that occurs - the discovery of Swallowdale, the Swallows camping out in their new valley stronghold, climbing Kanchenjunga (as they name a local peak), getting lost on a foggy moor - is realistically depicted. Despite that fact, or perhaps because of it, the reader is drawn into the story, following along with the adventures, enjoying the lovely descriptions, and taking the good-hearted, but wholly human children to heart.I was also particularly struck, while reading <u>Swallowdale</u>, by Ransome's understated humor, which I found just to my taste. The scene in which the Swallows are horrified to witness the Amazons being forced to wear dresses, and drive out with their dreaded Great Aunt, was quite amusing, as was Roger's observation, while resident with Young Billy the charcoal burner, that dreaming of a certain kind of adventure was one thing, but <i>living</i> it quite another! All in all, a delightful second installment of a series I am now determined to finish. I think I may save the next for the winter, though...

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Excellent tale of adventure and very well-done direct sequel to Swallows and Amazons.In the edition I had the maps on the end papers gave away quite a lot, so you might not want to look at them until after you've read the story.Shifts in language since the 1930s make for some now-unfortunate word choices.

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