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Swallows and Amazons series

Set on the English Lakes, rivers and estuaries, with occasional trips abroad, this series by Arthur Ransome follows the adventures of a set of English children messing about in boats:

Books in the Swallows and Amazons series:

The Big Six (1940)

Bill and Peter and Joe are falsely accused of setting boats adrift and the whole river is against them. Only Dick, Dorothea and Tom Dudgeon are there to stand by their friends and they soon set to work to investigate the crimes and trap the real criminals.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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The Big Six (1941)

Bill and Peter and Joe are falsely accused of setting boats adrift and the whole river is against them. Only Dick, Dorothea and Tom Dudgeon are there to stand by their friends and they soon set to work to investigate the crimes and trap the real criminals.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Coot Club (1935)

When the Hullabaloos moor right on top of the coots’ nest, what choice does Tom Dudgeon of the Bird Protection Society have but to set their motorboat adrift? Dot and Dick help the outlaw elude his pursuers.

1935

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Helene Carter
Arthur Ransome

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Coot Club (1934)

When the Hullabaloos moor right on top of the coots’ nest, what choice had Tom Dudgeon but to cast their motor boat adrift? Dot and Dick help the outlaw elude his pursuers.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Coots in the North and Other Stories (1988)

A fragment of a thirteenth Swallows and Amazons adventure where the Death and Glories travel to the lake.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome
Hilda Trefusis

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Great Northern? (1947)

The Swallows, Amazons and D’s are cruising in the Hebrides with Captain Flint, when Dick discovers a nesting pair of loons, or great northern divers - but an egg blowing bird-man is also on their track.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Great Northern? (1948)

The Swallows, Amazons and D’s are cruising in the Hebrides with Captain Flint, when Dick discovers a nesting pair of loons, or great northern divers - but an egg blowing bird-man is also on their track.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Missee Lee (1941)

The Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint are sailing around the world when they have to abandon ship off the coast of China. When they are captured by a female Chinese pirate, they end up forming a makeshift prep school.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Missee Lee (1942)

The Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint are sailing around the world when they have to abandon ship off the coast of China. When they are captured by a female Chinese pirate, they end up forming a makeshift prep school.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome
Unknown

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Peter Duck (1933)

The Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint sail in search of treasure and must fight not only a hurricane but also pirates.

1933

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Helene Carter
Arthur Ransome

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Peter Duck (1932)

The Swallows, Amazons and Captain Flint sail in search of treasure and must fight not only a hurricane but also pirates.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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The Picts and the Martyrs (1943)

Dick and Dorothea have come to the lake to stay with Nancy and Peggy, break in their new boat, Scarab, and help Timothy with the copper assays when all is thrown into confusion by the arrival of the Great Aunt.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome
Unknown

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The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome at All (1943)

Dick and Dorothea have come to the lake to stay with Nancy and Peggy, break in their new boat, Scarab and help Timothy with the copper assays when all is thrown into confusion by the arrival of the Great Aunt.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Pigeon Post (1936)

The Swallows, Amazons and D’s are prospecting for gold on High Topps, hoping to persuade Captain Flint to stay home as he returns from a South American gold prospecting trip.

1936

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Pigeon Post (1937)

The Swallows, Amazons and D’s are prospecting for gold on High Topps, hoping to persuade Captain Flint to stay home as he returns from a South American gold prospecting trip.

1937

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome
Mary Shepard

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Secret Water (1939)

The Swallows are set down on an island in a tidal estuary to explore and map it.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Secret Water (1940)

The Swallows are set down on an island in a tidal estuary to explore and map it.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Anonymous
Arthur Ransome

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Swallowdale (1938)

The Swallows return to the lake for the summer holidays but on their third day disaster strikes and they are marooned on shore.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Swallowdale (1931)

The Swallows return to the lake for the summer holidays but on their third day disaster strikes and they are marooned on shore.

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Clifford Webb

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Swallowdale (1932)

The Swallows return to the lake for the summer holidays but on their third day disaster strikes and they are marooned on shore.

1932

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Helene Carter

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