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October 03, 2020


Dawn Beck

I've done a complete Swallows and Amazon's re-read this year, they are amongst my very favourite comfort reads. I even read Peter Duck and Missee Lee which are my least favourite two as they're "imaginary" stories. I fell in love with S&A as a very young reader because the books were so much longer than Enid Blyton etc. The film made in 1974 is the best one, still not totally accurate, but good. I'm lucky enough to have been to Peel Island on Coniston several times, the one Wild Cat Island is based on, the harbour is there too, only not quite as secret as in the books. ARs boat which he based Goblin on is now called The Nancy Blackett and owned by a trust. Ex hubby is involved in that and he and one son have sailed and slept in her. I've only been on board, but she is just like the drawings, only with a tiny head (loo) too.

Jerri C

Lovely post. I am another who discovered Swallows and Amazons as an adult and can't figure out why I didn't hear of the series whey I was a child. It took me some effort to get the entire series in print, and I think I may still have a hole or two, but when Audible was having a big sale on children's audiobooks some years back I bought the entire series, I think it was buy one get one free. The narrator is VERY good. I agree, Missie Lee and Peter Duck are the books I like least. Winter Holiday might be my favorite, but We didn't Mean to Go to Sea is a real page turner.


I only recently started reading the Swallows and Amazons books, I also don't know how I missed them as a child. I decided to read them after visiting that area of the Lake District. I've also recently read the first two books of that Patrick O'Brien series. I read them because an ancestor of mine was transported to Australia on Surprise. He had committed the offence of asking for the vote for all men, the powers that were threw the book at him as it was all too much like what had just been happening in France. I loved this post. Thanks.

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