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Series: Swallows and Amazons

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Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome1
Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome2
Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome3
Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome4
Coot Club by Arthur Ransome5
Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome6
We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome7
Secret Water by Arthur Ransome8
The Big Six by Arthur Ransome9
Missee Lee by Arthur Ransome10
The Picts and the Martyrs by Arthur Ransome11
Great Northern? by Arthur Ransome12
Coots in the North by Arthur Ransome13, unfinished
Svalerne på Opdagelse by Arthur Ransome1, part 1
Svalerne og Piraterne by Arthur Ransome1, part 2
Svalerne går i Land by Arthur Ransome2, part 1
Svalerne på Fastlandet by Arthur Ransome2, part 2
Svalerne og den Sorte Skonnert by Arthur Ransome3, part 1
Svalerne på Skatteøen by Arthur Ransome3, part 2
Svalerne på Vinterferie by Arthur Ransome4, part 1
Svalerne og Den mystiske Mand by Arthur Ransome6, part 1
Svalerne som Guldgravere by Arthur Ransome6, part 2
Swallows & Amazons / Winter Holiday by Arthur RansomeOmnibus 1 & 4
Coot Club / The big six by Arthur RansomeOmnibus 5 & 9
Swallows and Amazons [Box set 1-12] by Arthur RansomeBoxed set 1-12
The Swallows and Amazons Adventures, Part I by Arthur RansomeBoxed set 1-3, 6-7, 11
The Swallows and Amazons Adventures, Part II by Arthur RansomeBoxed set 4-5, 8-9, 12
Swallows and Amazons [extract]1, extract
We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea [extract] by Arthur Ransome7, extract
Swallows and Amazons [abridged audiobook] by Arthur Ransomeabridged audiobook 1
Swallowdale [abridged audiobook] by Arthur Ransomeabridged audiobook 2
Peter Duck [abridged audiobook] by Arthur Ransomeabridged audiobook 3
Winter holiday [abridged audiobook] by Arthur Ransomeabridged audiobook 4
Pigeon post [abridged audiobook] by Arthur Ransomeabridged audiobook 6
We didn't mean to go to sea [abridged audiobook] by Arthur Ransomeabridged audiobook 7
Swallows and Amazons [1974 film] by Claude Whatham1974 film
Swallows and Amazons [2016 film] by Philippa Lowthorpe2016 film

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The Swallows and Amazons series is a series of twelve children's books by English author Arthur Ransome, named after the title of the first book in the series. The twelve books involve adventures by groups of children almost all during the school holidays and mostly in England and Scotland, between 1929 and 1934. The stories revolve around outdoor activities, especially sailing.

Literary scholar Peter Hunt said he believes the series "... changed British literature, affected a whole generation's view of holidays, helped to create the national image of the English Lake District and added Arthur Ransome's name to the select list of classic British children's authors".

The series remains popular today. It contributes to the tourist industry in the Lake District and Norfolk Broads areas of England, where many of the books are set.

The series begins with Swallows and Amazons (1930). It tells the story of the Walker children, who sail a dinghy named Swallow, and the Blackett children, who sail a dinghy named Amazon. The Walkers are staying at a farm near a lake during the school holidays; the Blacketts live in a house on the opposite shore. The Walkers consider themselves explorers, while the Blacketts declare themselves to be pirates. The children meet on an island in the lake, and have a series of adventures that weave imaginative tales of pirates and exploration into everyday life in inter-war rural England. In subsequent adventures in the series, the children change roles and become explorers or miners. In the novel Winter Holiday, the children meet Dick and Dorothea Callum, siblings visiting the area. Dick and Dorothea are often referred to as "The Ds" and appear in subsequent novels. Dick considers himself a scientist, while Dorothea sees herself as a writer.

Two of the books feature the Callums without the Swallows or Amazons: Coot Club and The Big Six. They are set in an accurate representation of the Norfolk Broads, particularly the small village of Horning and its surrounding rivers and broads. Two other books, We didn't mean to go to sea and Secret Water, are set in Suffolk and Essex around the river Orwell, though one involves a trip across the North Sea to Holland. Two books, Peter Duck and Missee Lee, and possibly also Great Northern?, are metafictional, being fictional stories of the protagonists' voyages to exotic lands, as imagined by the fictional protagonists.


A few foreign language translations, including Danish and Hebrew, split some of the original books into two books.


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To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.

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What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.


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