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I n he wrote his first novel, The Elixir of Life, a philosophical melodrama set in the 18th century. He visited the Eastern Front three times, and came under fire while surveying a battle from a Russian biplane. H e saw Trotsky most days, and fell in love with his secretary, Evgenia Petrovna Shelepina, whom he eventually married, after a bitter divorce from Ivy, in When he spirited Evgenia to Estonia in , at the height of the Russian Civil War, she smuggled in her underwear diamonds and pearls worth more than a million roubles, to fund Bolshevik activity in the West.

His hobnobbing with Bolsheviks naturally aroused the suspicions of the British authorities. At least he was not on friendly terms with Stalin, whom he thought worse even than Lord Curzon, the former Viceroy of India. I n Roland Chambers, who had access to Russian state archives and to previously classified documents from British archives, revealed in his biography of Ransome, The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome, that, besides his employment as a propagandist for the Bolsheviks his newspaper reports neglected to mention the murder of the Romanovs he was recruited by MI6 in R ansome emerged from these murky waters to settle in the Lake District with Evgenia in He continued to write regularly for the Manchester Guardian, both on fishing and as a foreign correspondent.

Ernest and Ransome gave the children two boats, named Swallow and Mavis, and Ransome taught them to sail. Ransome continued to write for newspapers and magazines until his death in , aged 83, and worked on an autobiography which was edited by his friend Rupert Hart-Davis and published posthumously in He was also a great adventurer and, more importantly, a great imaginer of adventures. S wallows and Amazons is out in cinemas from August We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.

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Visit our adblocking instructions page. Shelf wear to boards. Some foxing to page edges. From: Bookcase Carlisle, United Kingdom. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. First Cheap Edition. Jacket rubbed, chipped, and foxed with several tears along top edge, also price clipped. Light tanning and foxing to closed edges, otherwise book clean and firm. Size: 12mo.

Seller Inventory ABE Published by Jonathan Cape, [] About this Item: Jonathan Cape, [], Eleventh novel in the Swallows and Amazons series. Hammond A35 recording the first edition of Published by Cape About this Item: Cape, New edition.

Green cloth with gilt; coloured map endpapers. Good hardback no dust jacket. Published by Cape, London About this Item: Cape, London, Seller Inventory PAB Published by Jonathon Cape About this Item: Jonathon Cape, Condition: Acceptable.

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Signs of age to pages. Seller Inventory mon Some browning to the page edges. Externally Fair to Good internally somewhat better. Published by Published by Jonathan Cape , London All books have coloured maps as endapers and black and white illustrations throughout. Later impressions , some fading and wear to spines, edges and corners, some boards are marked, minor foxing to some pages, previous owner's names on title pages, fair condition , green cloth with blindstamped titles to front board and gilt titles to spine, illustrated endpapers , octavo, Published by Jonathan Cape Ltd. About this Item: Jonathan Cape Ltd.

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An early reprint 4th printing of the New Illustrated edition which was originally published in , a year after the first edition. This is a well preserved clean and bright copy bound in green cloth boards with crisp gilt title lettering to the front and the spine. A little bumped at the fore edge corners and minor scuffing here and there. Internally, there is only one inscription, name only, of a previous owner in light pencil on the half title page.

Some light to moderate occasional foxing, otherwise the pages are clean and bright throughout.

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A very presentable copy. Bright copy of the tenth Swans and Amazons novel. Hammond A34 recording the first edition of Illustrated Edition. Green cloth, gilt lettering. In a dust jacket that is much later. Very nice early reprint of this classic. Unusually bright copy of the first book in the classic series, first published in The first impression with Ransome's own illustrations was the fourteenth of From: Clarendon Books P.

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Original green cloth in tidy condition, slightly rubbed at the edges, contents clean, pages lightly yellowed, inscription from a previous owner. All show wear to spine ends and corners, cloth rubbed and in some cases marked, one spine much faded, a few weak hinges - solid reading copies. Compact Disc. Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Seller Inventory zk Published by Brilliance Audio About this Item: Brilliance Audio, Eighth novel in the Swallows and Amazons series. Hammond A32 recording the first edition of Published by Red Fox About this Item: Red Fox, Seller Inventory zkX.

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