On Facebook a couple of days ago: "I can attach a crop from The Summer Reading Club in 5th Grade - I was re-reading Arthur Ransome books to make reports the summer I was ten..."and
"I recall how terribly interested I was to discover a biography of Arthur Ransome in the 1980s. I think it must have been The Life of Arthur Ransome by Hugh Brogan, shown on the internet. I read the biography with a lot of enjoyment. I discovered many things I did not know about the author." I shared an earlier blog entry about The Summer Reading Club.
This year I watched the 1970s Swallows and Amazons movie in episodes on the library internet computer. At some point I expect I will be able to view the new 2016 movie, Swallows and Amazons. To read some of the older titles, in older formats, was to enjoy other illustrators than Arthur Ransome, especially Helene Carter. I re-read parts of The Picts and the Martyrs during the year and realize how beautifully written the story is – although Helene Carter is not present in the version I read, the book is a wonderful read without those illustrations. So it was the writing that was wonderful for me at the time.