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  • Mr Ransome again equals or perhaps excels himself...every boy will vote this detective story super

    New Statesman
  • In my early teens I read Arthur Ransome's books, The Coot Club and The Big Six... They impressed me so much that I persuaded my father to take me on holiday to the Norfolk Broads where we had great fun teaching ourselves to sail, all on the impetus of Ransome's books

    Aidan Chambers, Observer
  • A continuation of Coot Club and as good as ever

  • The adventure, though engrossing, is only part of a book in which the cry and flight of birds, the small of water and tarry ropes, and the jargon of men and boys brought up to use their hands and senses are all delightfully plain to us

    Times Literary Supplement

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