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Racundra's First Cruise Paperback – 17 March 2015

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  • Publisher : Fernhurst Books Limited; 2 ed edition (17 March 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 258 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1909911232
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1909911239
  • Dimensions : 14.99 x 1.78 x 23.11 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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"One of the most popular sailing yarns ever written." (The Independent) "Ransome has managed to get a true yachtsman's enthusiasm into his pages, and his readers will enjoy his vivid account of steering with a defective compass and his frank confession that he went to sleep at the tiller." (The Observer). "His experiences and adventures in fair and dirty weather, the places he visited, the primitive life of the Estonian islanders, some extraordinarily beautiful anecdotes and the charm and humour of Mr. Ransome's writing, form a book of which there is little to be said than that it is altogether delightful - a pleasure to read from beginning to end." (The Spectator) "You don't have to be a sailing expert to enjoy this nautical yarn, but you'll wish you were by the time you finish it." (Lifeboat Magazine)

About the Author

Arthur Ransome, world famous for the hit series Swallows & Amazons, had, as a young man in 1913, gone to Russia as a foreign correspondent and journalist. He fell in love with Evgenia, Trotsky's secretary, whom he later married. Together they owned two small yachts before commissioning the building of Racundra in 1922 at Rigia in Latvia. Its third cruise was their honeymoon.

Brian Hammett was given a copy of Swallows and Amazons for his tenth birthday, and was immediately captivated by both the story and the author. The first boat he had was a closed canoe and he called it Swallow. He went on to join the Arthur Ransome Society and became an Arthur Ransome expert, discovering the unpublished Racundra's Third Cruise in Leeds University library. He has cruised the Baltic himself, following Ransome's cruises in the area.

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