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Swallows and Amazons

by Arthur Ransome


Swallows and Amazons

This children’s book is the first in a series about a group of kids in England’s Lake District during the ’30s. This was my first introduction to sailing and romantic notions of pirates and camping adventures. For me, it was this book more than its inspirations (such as Stevensons’s Treasure Island) that really struck a chord with me, though I later received an illustrated version of Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, whose maps and illustrations were also inspirational.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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