Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

Language: English

Pages: 214

ISBN: 1567924204

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The ultimate children's classic - long summer days filled with adventure.

John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island holds more excitement in store. Two fierce Amazon pirates, Nancy and Peggy, challenge them to war and a summer of battles and alliances ensues.

'My childhood simply would not have been the same without this book. It created a whole world to explore, one that lasted long in the imagination after the final page had been read' - Marcus Sedgwick

(Originally published in 1930)

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needs. Mother could not take Vicky and the nurse to camp even on the best of uninhabited islands. Nor, without leave from Daddy, could she let them go alone. And though John and Susan were both well able to manage a sailing boat, Titty and Roger had only begun to learn how to sail when their father had been home on leave a year before. In the boathouse below the farm there was the Swallow, a sailing boat, a very little one, and there was also a big, heavy rowing boat. But no one wants to row who

“It’s her,” shouted Susan. From the northern entrance of the bay, beyond the long island, it was possible to see far up the lake, a long blue sheet of water stretching away into bigger hills than those which rose from the wooded banks of the southern part. Little over a mile away a small white sail was moving rapidly towards a promontory on the western shore. In a moment or two it disappeared. “What shall we do now?” said Titty. There was a short debate. Roger was all for going on. John

crew?” “The best I ever shipped.” “Can they swim?” “Able-seaman Titty can. The Boy Roger still keeps one foot on the bottom.” “He must learn.” “I don’t keep a foot on the bottom all the time,” said Roger. “You must learn as soon as possible not to keep it on the bottom at all.” “All right,” said Roger. “That’s all wrong, Roger,” said Titty. “You ought to have said, ‘Aye, aye, sir!’” “I nearly always do,” said Roger, “I said it to Mother.” MAKING SHIP’S PAPERS “You must say it to

can’t move the tiller,” said Susan. “Only a little way.” “One of those lily stalks must be stuck between the rudder and the boat,” said Captain John. “Let me get at it.” He took off his coat, rolled up his sleeve, and plunged his arm into the water over the stern. Not one but half a dozen lily stalks were jammed together, wedging the rudder. He broke some of them and then pulled the bits through between the rudder and the keel. “Clear now,” he said, and put out the oars again. He rowed on,

AMAZONS WERE the first to wake in the morning, because for some time they had been sleeping in a house, and had not grown accustomed, like the Swallows, to the early morning sunlight through the white tent walls. “Show a leg, show a leg,” they shouted to the others and soon had the whole camp astir. “Remember,” they shouted, “battle at three o’clock sharp. There’s no time to lose.” Really, in spite of bathing and fetching the milk and having breakfast and dinner, it seemed a very long time before

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