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Author Sophie Neville talking about 'The Making of Swallows & Amazons' at the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight, September 2014

Campfire Flags - Etched Enamel Mug

Swallows and Amazons Campfire Flags Etched Enamel Mug by JagoIllustration on Etsy

Swallows and Amazons: every child wants to be a pirate

Every child wants to be a pirate. And every sane adult too - especially when you learn that piracy is a model for republics, collective bargaining and female emancipation.

Sophie Neville outside the Odeon Cinema in Shaftesbury Avenue ~ once the ABC ~ where the Royal Gala Premiere of SWALLOWS & AMAZONS was held in 1974

The premier of SWALLOWS & AMAZONS (1974) - Sister Allyne at the ABC in Shaftsbury Avenue, London

Ronald Fraser, Daphne Neville and Sophie Neville in her BOAC Life jacket on location on Derwentwater in the Lake District for the filming of Arthur Ransome's iconic book 'Swallows and Amazons' in 1973

Arthur Ransome spent his own holidays on Coniston Water as a child and would run down to dip his hands in the lake as we did when we arrived there as children to re-enact his iconic story in 1973.