The Swallows, Amazons and Ds are united again for Arthur Ransome's final story in the series.
Flat on his front, binoculars to his eyes, alone at dusk, Dick makes a remarkable discovery: two rare birds, never before seen in the British Isles. Captain Flint and his crew decide to consult an expert to confirm the discovery. But when the man they ask turns out to have his collector's eye on the birds' eggs, not to mention skins, an enjoyable voyage around the Outer Hebrides becomes a desperate race to save the birds, and themselves.
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ARTHUR RANSOME was born in Leeds in 1884. He had an adventurous life -- as a baby he was carried by his father to the top of the Old Man of Coniston, a peak that is 2,276 ft 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. He published the first of his children's classics, the twelve Swallows and Amazons books, in 1930. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post. He died in 1967.Review:
“He makes a tale of adventure a handbook to adventure.” –Observer
“There is plenty of excitement, a little danger, a quality of thinking, planning and fun which is delightful and stimulating.” –TLS
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Book Description Penguin. paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, Tanned edges, 361 pages. At the end of their sailing holiday the Swallows and Amazons rally to protect the local bird life which is threatened by an egg-collector. Bookseller Inventory # 8837
Book Description Puffin, 1971. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140304924