For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome's unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old. The fourth book in Arthur Ransome's classic series, Winter Holiday takes intrepid explorers John, Susan, Titty and Roger Walker, and fearsome Amazon pirates Nancy and Peggy Blackett to the North Pole. Joined by budding novelist Dorethes Callum and her scientist brother Dick, the children plan an 'Arctic' expedition. But unforeseen events separate the travellers and disaster nearly strikes in the exciting climax of their race to the Pole.
Arthur Ransome was a prolific writer of children's books. Born in Leeds in 1884, it was his father, a nature-loving history professor, who inspired his love of the outdoors and nurtured a passion for fishing. As a child he enjoyed active, outdoor holidays: sailing, camping and exploring the countryside. He used many of these holiday settings for his children's stories, notably the much-loved Swallows and Amazons, a book that sits comfortably in the category of 'timeless classic'. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for the sixth book in the Swallows & Amazons series, Pigeon Post.
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"All the thrills of Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe" (Daily Telegraph)
"Absolutely fantastic" (Daily Express)
I have been reading all the swallow and amazon books over and over again for the last 30 years and only now are they on audiobook. Winter holiday is how you imagine winters were when you were a child (some of mine were) and you get snowed in and extra time off school. The story is brilliant with a twist at the end that Arthur Ransome manages to achieve in many of his books. The characters are just as I have imagined them, and I still want to be there and be one of them. Although some of the books are about sailing this one is not but if you love winter wonderland and snow from the comfort of your fireside this is an adventure story for you.
great story, good driving narrative and building suspense. Great characters, amazing confident but falable children. fab all round book for most ages from say 6 and up.
getting to know Dick & Dorathia
The best bt was when Captain Flint comes home and finds the two D's in his Houseboat and how he pretends the next day to Peggy & the Blacketts that the Trespasses were hanged!!
It made me smile and had me worried!!
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