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Actually, first there was Arthur Ransome (1884–1967) and his twelve novels for children – or for young people, as we might say today. The first of these was Swallows and Amazons (published 1930).
Four more of the stories were also set in the English Lake District – Swallowdale (1931), Winter Holiday (1933), Pigeon Post (1936) and The Picts and the Martyrs (1943). The connection between the real landscapes of the English Lakes, which Arthur Ransome knew from an early age, and the fictionalised landscapes of the books, has fascinated many people and several books have been written about it.
These include my own Arthur Ransome’s Lake District, published in 2007 by Halsgrove. But I didn’t stop investigating or exploring when the book appeared and I’ve recently launched a ebook, Exploring Arthur Ransome’s Lake District which builds on the basis of the earlier volume. There’s new insight, many new photos, and an extra walk among other new features. For more info on all three versions see this page.
This website will explore some of these themes and connections in greater detail, but to get the complete picture, you’ll need to get hold of the book.
I hope other lovers of Ransome’s books, and of the Lakes, will add their own thoughts and knowledge too as time goes on.
One thought on “Exploring Arthur Ransome’s Lake District”
Really enjoyed reading your website. I’m a lifelong Ransome fan especially loving his sense of place and characterisation. In recent years I’ve also experienced for myself how accurate are his descriptions of sailing.
Swallows, Amazons &D’s for ever!