Arthur Ransome
(1884-1967)

Died aged 83

Arthur Michell Ransome CBE (18 January 1884 – 3 June 1967) was an English author and journalist. He is best known for writing and illustrating the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books about the school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. The books remain popular and Swallows and Amazons is the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, the two lakes Ransome adapted as his fictional North Country lake. He also wrote about the literary life of London, and about Russia before, during, and after the revolutions of 1917. His connection with the leaders of the Revolution led to him providing information to the Secret Intelligence Service, while he was also suspected of being a Soviet spy by MI5.

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Arthur Ransome author of Swallows and Amazons was born here on 18 January 1884

6 Ash Grove, Hyde Park, Leeds, United Kingdom where they was born (1884)

From 1960 to 1967 Hill Top was the last home of Arthur Ransome 1884-1967 journalist, storyteller, sailor, fisherman and author of Swallows and Amazons

Hill Top, Haverthwaite, United Kingdom where they lived (1960-1967)

Arthur Michell Ransome (1884-1967) (Whitelaw House 1897-1901) author, critic and correspondent. "Good books are not written FOR anyone, they are OVERHEARD."

Rugby School, 10 Little Church St, Rugby, United Kingdom where they was (1897-1901)

Arthur Ransome 1884-1967 Author of Swallows and Amazons lived here 1904-1905

1 Gunter Grove, Chelsea, London, United Kingdom where they was