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Children's author Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds, England on January 18, 1884. As a child, he spent many vacations sailing, camping, and exploring the countryside in England's Lake Country. He studied chemistry for one year at Yorkshire College before dropping out to become a writer. He worked for a London publisher and then for the Manchester Guardian newspaper. He wrote his first book, Bohemia in London, in 1907 and went to study folklore in Russia in 1913. In 1916, he published Old Peter's Russian Tales, a collection of 21 folktales. During World War I, he became a reporter for the Daily News and covered the war on the Eastern Front. While in Russia, he also covered the Russian Revolution in 1917. He eventually settled in England's Lake District with his second wife. In 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons, which was the first book in his well-know Swallows and Amazons series about children who sail and explore the lakes and mountains of England. He drew inspiration for the books from his own childhood memories. In 1936, he won the Carnegie Medal for children's literature for Pigeon Post. He died on June 3, 1967. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Winter Holiday 951 copies, 11 reviews
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We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea 887 copies, 10 reviews
Pigeon Post (Author; Illustrator, some editions) 849 copies, 18 reviews
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Secret Water 733 copies, 8 reviews
The Picts and the Martyrs 686 copies, 8 reviews
Great Northern? 637 copies, 8 reviews
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Missee Lee 599 copies, 7 reviews
Old Peter's Russian Tales 300 copies, 13 reviews
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Russia in 1919 42 copies, 2 reviews
Rod and line 35 copies
Pond and stream 28 copies
Russian Fairy Tales 13 copies, 1 review
Mainly About Fishing 9 copies, 1 review
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Little Daughter of the Snow 6 copies, 1 review
Fishing 5 copies, 1 review
The elixir of life 3 copies, 1 review
[Unknown] 1 copy
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Sailing alone around the world, and Voyage of the Liberdade (Introduction, some editions) 113 copies, 3 reviews
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A Night in the Luxembourg (Translator/Preface/Appendix, some editions) 37 copies, 1 review
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A Golden Land (Contributor) 37 copies
The cruise of the Teddy (Introduction, some editions) 36 copies
Adventures Among Books (Contributor, some editions) 36 copies, 1 review
The Cruise of the Alerte (Introduction, some editions) 32 copies, 1 review
The Voyage Alone in the Yawl Rob Roy (Introduction, some editions) 31 copies, 1 review
Down Channel (Biographical foreword, some editions) 31 copies
Witches, Witches, Witches (Contributor) 29 copies
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (Contributor) 21 copies
The Cruise of the Kate (Introduction, some editions) 21 copies, 1 review
Swallows and Amazons [2016 film] (Original book) 20 copies
The Falcon on the Baltic (Introduction, some editions) 19 copies, 2 reviews
A Second Storyteller's Choice (Contributor) 12 copies
Annual Macabre 1998 (Contributor) 12 copies, 2 reviews
Tales (Editor, some editions) 12 copies
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The Country Child (Contributor) 9 copies
Interviews given to foreign correspondents (Interviewer) 6 copies, 1 review
Chosen for Children (Contributor) 5 copies
Writing books for boys and girls (Contributor, some editions) 5 copies
A week (Translator, some editions; Introduction, some editions) 5 copies
The constant fisherman (Foreword, some editions) 4 copies
Stories by Gustave Flaubert (Editor; Introduction) 3 copies
The Cremona Violin (Translator, some editions) 3 copies
The children's own treasure book (Contributor) 2 copies
Stories by Chateaubriand (Editor; Introduction; Translator) 2 copies
F. W. Hirst by his friends (Contributor) 2 copies
You and your reading (Contributor, some editions) 1 copy
Mixed moss, vol. 1, no. 1, 1990 (Contributor) 1 copy
Essays of the year (1929-1930) (Contributor) 1 copy
The tramp, January 1911 (Contributor) 1 copy
Stories for girls (Contributor) 1 copy
Stories by Cervantes (Editor) 1 copy
Collecting our thoughts (Contributor) 1 copy
The Odd Volume, 1912 (Contributor) 1 copy
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