Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome was a renowned English author and journalist, best known for his children's series 'Swallows and Amazons'. Born on January 18, 1884, in Leeds, he gained fame for his adventure books which were inspired by his own experiences and love for the Lake District and sailing. Ransome's work is celebrated for its depiction of outdoor adventures and the imaginative play of children. He passed away on June 3, 1967.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Swallows and Amazons

    This classic children's novel follows the summer adventures of the Walker and Blackett children as they camp, sail, and explore the Lake District of England. The Walker siblings, who fancy themselves as the crew of the ship Swallow, meet the Blackett sisters, self-proclaimed pirates of the ship Amazon. The two groups form a fast friendship and embark on a series of exciting escapades, including a treasure hunt, a battle for control of an island, and a run-in with a mysterious man they suspect is a criminal. The story is a celebration of the outdoors, imagination, and the joys of childhood.

  2. 2. We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea

    In this adventurous tale, four young siblings find themselves unexpectedly cast out to sea when their planned sailing excursion in a borrowed boat takes a dramatic turn. Initially setting out for a simple exploration of the estuary, a thick fog and a series of mishaps lead them into the open waters of the North Sea. With no way to return and a sleeping pilot aboard, the children must muster all their courage and sailing knowledge to navigate the treacherous waters, facing the challenges of weather, navigation, and their own fears, as they endeavor to find their way safely back to shore. Their journey becomes not only a test of their physical abilities but a transformative experience that teaches them the value of resilience, responsibility, and the deep bonds of siblinghood.