'Let fly jib sheet! Slack away main! Fenders out!' Dick and Dorothea - also known as The Ds - arrive in Norfolk all ready to learn how to sail. They couldn't hope for a better teacher than Tom Dudgeon. But Tom is in a spot of trouble. After seeing the beastly Margoletta moored clean across the nests of his beloved coots, Tom set the motorcruiser ...Read More'Let fly jib sheet! Slack away main! Fenders out!' Dick and Dorothea - also known as The Ds - arrive in Norfolk all ready to learn how to sail. They couldn't hope for a better teacher than Tom Dudgeon. But Tom is in a spot of trouble. After seeing the beastly Margoletta moored clean across the nests of his beloved coots, Tom set the motorcruiser adrift. Now the enemy have offered a bounty on his head. Can they save the birds' nest from almost certain destruction? Will they avoid being caught by the awful Hullabaloos? Only some brave friends and quick thinking stands between them and disaster...Includes exclusive material: In 'The Backstory' you can test your knowledge of the book, learn about the adventurous author and get some handy facts about birds and boats. Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.Read Less
When twelve, I found 'Coot Club' in our local library - hard-covered, naturally: they all were in the mid 1950s. I read it and then every companion volume, each one a delight, plus 'Racundra's First Cruise' and 'Old Peter's Russian Tales' - 'The Soldier and Death' stands out. (The latter two have nothing to do with the Swallows and Amazons, but I will chase them up.)
Recently I met some children who liked Enid Blyton books, and decided to introduce them to Arthur Ransome. I bought 'Swallows and Amazons', 'Swallowdale', and of course 'Coot Club' for them, all of which I read immediately.
Each delighted, but 'Coot Club' was the best: interesting people, a very believable plot, ecology, environmental action, water transport history, tight writing, the characteristic excellent illustrations by Ransome himself, regional atmosphere, humour and excitement. And a satisfying ending.
In 1974 my brother and I downed a pint at the Swan, Horning Staithe, in homage to Tom Dudgeon, Port and Starboard, the Death and Glories and Dick and Dorothea, and the very understanding Mrs Barrable. We left out villain George Owdon.
May 6, 2010
Nice book, good value & speedy delivery - thanks very much
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