Special Days

Remembering Arthur Ransome

Still taken from the 1974 Swallows and Amazons film.

Arthur Ransome, best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons novels, died on this day, 3rd June, in 1967. Born 1884, Ransome is well known for his series of books following the adventures of children on their holidays among the lake district and the Norfolk Broads. The anniversary of his death is a time to remember those stories and to think on how many of us were affected by these stimulating and nostalgic tales we read in our youth.


Here at the Lutterworth Press, and as lovers of books generally, we share a passion for great writers and the legacies they leave behind. Our upcoming author, Julian Lovelock, also has a great passion for the works of Arthur Ransome. He is editor of Mixed Moss, the Journal for the Society of Arthur Ransome and spent his childhood, like Ransome, messing about on boats. We can think of no better person as author to our upcoming publication: Swallows, Amazons and Coots: A Reading of Arthur Ransome, due to be published in October.

Have stories to share of your own connection to Swallows and Amazons? Let us know in the comments!

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