Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ books have never been out of print since they first
appeared in the 1930s and ’40s.They remain popular with today’s children, and command a large
and loyal adult following. Their appeal owes a great deal to the fact that they are populated by real
people, and that they inhabit real places and sail real boats.
Award-winning photographer and writer Jon Sparks knows the stories well, and is equally familiar with
the Lake District landscapes which inspired them. Now he has produced an in-depth guide to that
landscape, which in many places has changed remarkably little since Ransome’s time. He has done
extensive detective work and exploration to unearth the real-life counterparts of the fictional locations,
and has some original ideas about them. But what really sets this book apart from previous ones on the
same subject is the photography; in full colour throughout, it is everything you would expect from a
leading Lake District photographer.
Jon Sparks is an award-winning photographer and writer. He has lived in Lancaster
for most of his life, and his photographic career was founded on local photography. He
has subsequently worked on five continents, but still feels that North West England is
a great place to live as well as an exciting one to photograph.
As well as several books of photography for Halsgrove, Jon has produced guidebooks for walkers,
climbers and cyclists, contributes to a range of magazines and has published greetings cards, postcards
ISBN 978 184114 599 0, hardback, 230x214mm, 144 pages. Published July 2007.