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Winter Holiday

Vintage Christmas

By Arthur Ransome

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Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 22 October 2015
'Nothing ever happens in the winter holidays' Or so Nancy thinks. Then the lake ices over completely and the Swallows and Amazons, along with Dick and Dorothea - the D's' - plan a race to find the North Pole. How will they reach it if they can't sail? By sledges of course! But when a blizzard blows up and there is a mix up about signals, the D's disappear into the Arctic night. Disaster looms. Can the Swallows and Amazons save their friends?

About the Author

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884. He had an adventurous life - as a baby in he was carried by his father to the top of the Old Man of Coniston, a peak that is 2,276ft high! He went to Russia in 1913 to study folklore and in 1914, at the start of World War I he became a foreign correspondent for the Daily News. In 1917 when the Russian Revolution began he became a journalist and was a special correspondent of the Guardian. He played chess with Lenin and married Trotsky's personal secretary, Evgenia Petrovna Shelepina. On their return to England, he bought a cottage near Windermere in the Lake District and began writing children's stories. In a 1958 author's note, Ransome wrote- ''I have been often asked how I came to write Swallows and Amazons. The answer is that it had its beginning long, long ago when, as children, my brother, my sisters and I spent most of our holidays on a farm at the south end of Coniston. We played in or on the lake or on the hills above . . . Going away from it we were half drowned in tears. While away from it, as children and as grown-ups, we dreamt about it. No matter where I was, wandering about the world, I used at night to

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There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating. "TLS" He makes a tale of adventure a handbook to adventure. "Observer""

EAN: 9780099599944
ISBN: 0099599945
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 3.2 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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