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Great Northern? by Arthur Ransome

Great Northern? (1947)

by Arthur Ransome

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Series: Swallows and Amazons (12)

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Excellent copy apart from book plate
  chilperic | Sep 1, 2014 |
I own a paperback and hardcover.

  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Just like the adventure, the story was slow starting but worth persevering with. Its good to have all the central characters in the final book.
  Kafahy | Mar 29, 2012 |
A reread. The plot of this had completely left my memory, but then it's probably ten to fifteen years since I last read it. Nancy is still my favourite, but Dick is definitely the hero of GN (which gets quite intense at the end!). ( )
  tronella | Jan 3, 2011 |
Great Northern, great story! The Swallows, Amazons and D's have almost reached the end of a Hebridean sailing cruise with the Amazon's Uncle, Captain Flint when Dick, "ships naturalist", spots a breeding pair of Great Northern Divers - and Great Northerns "nest abroad". Puzzled he visits the motor yacht of a fellow birdman only to discover the man's an egg collector. Now he has to persuade Captain Flint to take the Sea Bear and her crew back to the nest site so Dick can take photographs to prove the birds are nesting, without giving away the location to the egg collector and without alerting the local Gaels. Some regard this one as metafiction within the S&A canon, but it again is packed with realism and a strong theme of conservation! ( )
  Figgles | Apr 12, 2010 |
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The Great Northern Diver
"nests abroad . . . usually seen solitary" SANDARS.

"nests in eastern North America, Greenland and Iceland"
"may nest in the Shetlands, as it is often round these islands all summer, but this has never been proved" COWARD.
To Myles North who, knowing a good deal of what happened, asked me to write the full story
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On a hill above the cliff a boy in Highland dress turned from watching the deer in the valley to look out over the sea. He saw a sail far away. It was no more than a white speck in the ditance and presently he turned his back on it and settled down again to watch the deer.
What's hit's history; what's missed's mystery.
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Dick's birdwatching discovery turns the cruise of the Sea Bear into a desperate chase. The Swallows and Amazons have to prove the facts of the case, and evade the natives and an egg-collector, determined to kill a pair of rare birds and steal the credit.
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A group of children sail off the coast of Scotland to protect a pair of rare birds from greedy egg collectors.

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