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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We've got some very exciting news! Vintage Classics has announced the launch of a new collection – Vintage Children's Classics – aimed at and shaped by 8 to 12 year olds and the adults in their lives. It will be a beautiful and affordable series of books intended to inspire and nurture a life-long love of reading. A launch-list of twenty-one books will be published...

Books by Arthur Ransome