Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Published November 22, 2022

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Book info

  • Title Swallows and Amazons
  • Author Arthur Ransome
  • Year 1930
  • Genre Childrens

John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island holds more excitement in store. Two fierce Amazon pirates, Nancy and Peggy, challenge them to war and a summer of battles and alliances ensues.


As a kid, I tried to read this book so many times, but I never got past the first few pages. I have that image of Roger zig-zagging across the field embedded in my mind, but I had no idea what happened next. This time, I listened to an audiobook version of it and managed to get all the way through - hooray! It didn’t really grab me hugely, reminded me very much of Enid Blyton, although this came first, obviously. I did like how imaginative these kids are, and how they really threw themselves into this island life they created. But the war with the uncle seemed odd to me. Never mind, finally achieved the end of the book, job done!

Rating: 2 / 5

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