Arthur Ransome


Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and went to school at Rugby. He was in Russia in 1917, and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian.



After escaping to Scandinavia, he settled in the Lake District with his Russian wife where, in 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons. And so began a writing career which has produced some of the real children's treasures of all time. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post.



Ransome died in 1967. He and his wife Evgenia lie buried in the churchyard of St Paul's Church, Rusland, in the southern Lake District.

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Books by Arthur Ransome

  • Secret Water, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Secret Water
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 01/08/2014

    The Swallows are marooned with just a little sailing boat for company - will they survive their chance to become true explorers?

  • We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 01/08/2014

    The Swallows are out on the water once again, this time in a bigger boat and on a bigger adventure than ever before

  • Reunion, Fred Uhlman 0 stars 0 comments
    Reunion
    by Fred Uhlman

    Published: 05/06/2014

    A daring short novel about two best friends in Germany just before the Second World War

  • Coot Club, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Coot Club
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 02/04/2013

    The fifth book in the adored Swallows and Amazons series: the holidays are put in jeopardy when the Ds and Tom Dudgeon face an enemy endangering the beloved local birds

  • Pigeon Post, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Pigeon Post
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 02/04/2013

    WINNER OF THE FIRST EVER CARNEGIE MEDAL IN 1936.

  • Peter Duck, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Peter Duck
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 03/09/2012

    The third thrilling tale in the much-loved Swallows and Amazons series

  • Winter Holiday, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Winter Holiday
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 03/09/2012

    Winter holidays can be just as fun as summer with the Swallows and Amazons!

  • Swallowdale, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Swallowdale
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 01/08/2012

    The second book in Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series. For every child who understands the thrill of fishing, campfires and the freedom to explore

  • Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Swallows and Amazons
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 01/08/2012

    The first in Arthur Ransome's charming, thrilling and inspirational series. The book that has set generations of children and their parents afloat, on the high seas of the Lake District.

  • Great Northern?, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Great Northern?
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 04/01/2002

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

  • Missee Lee, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Missee Lee
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 04/01/2002

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

  • Secret Water, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Secret Water
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 04/01/2002

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

  • The Big Six, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    The Big Six
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 04/01/2002

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

  • The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 04/01/2002

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

  • Coot Club, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Coot Club
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 07/12/2001

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month.

  • Peter Duck, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Peter Duck
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 07/12/2001

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

  • Pigeon Post, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Pigeon Post
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 07/12/2001

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

  • Swallowdale, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Swallowdale
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 07/12/2001

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month.

  • We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 07/12/2001

    A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed. One of twelve Arthur Ransome titles reissued this month

  • Winter Holiday, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Winter Holiday
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 07/12/2001

  • Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Swallows And Amazons
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 01/12/1995

    The ultimate children's classic - long summer days filled with adventure. Newly re-issued using Ransome's original illustrations to celebrate the 80th anniversary of publication.

  • Great Northern?, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Great Northern?
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 01/10/1989

  • The Big Six, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    The Big Six
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 01/10/1989

  • Coots In The North And Other Stories, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
  • Missee Lee, Arthur Ransome 0 stars 0 comments
    Missee Lee
    by Arthur Ransome

    Published: 15/07/1982