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I've just been re-reading my Arthur Ransome collection, and realise that in some editions there is a title called "Coots in the North" which I don't have.

I'm aware that Swallows and Amazons for ever is a compilation of two books, but I get a sense that Coots in the North has some new stories.

Has anyone read it and can you tell me whether I should be buying a copy?

Thanks

TJ

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hope this helps, from wikipedea

Coots in the North is the name given by Arthur Ransome's biographer, Hugh Brogan to an incomplete Swallows and Amazons novel found in Ransome's papers. Brogan edited and published the first few chapters as a fragment with a selection of Ransome's other short stories in 1988. The story starts in the Broads but continues in the Lake District after the Death and Glories hitch a ride aboard a boat being delivered to the Lake in the North.





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The Death and Glories are bored because the salvage business is in decline on the Broads. They see a boat being loaded for delivery to the Lake in the North where the Swallows, Amazons and Ds have their adventures and decide to go along for the ride. They get left behind at a stop on the way but make their way to the lake and find that the lorry has already left for Norfolk and they have no way to get home. They meet the owner of the boat who takes them to find the Ds. They encounter the Swallows, Amazons and Ds sailing on the lake and make an attempt to rescue Nancy after her boat capsizes.

At this point the story as published ends, though notes indicate that Ransome was struggling to develop a suitable plot line and a way of arranging for the Death and Glories to get home without their impoverished parents having to pay the fare.

Various scenarios are mentioned, including the salvage of Captain Flint's houseboat when its anchor chain breaks in a squall. In gratitude Captain Flint pays for their return journey and gives them a reward.


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Coots in the North also includes two extracts that Hugh Brogan rescued from an unfinished Victorian ‘Bevis’-style novel, a fishing tale called The River Comes First, plus several short stories that Arthur Ransome published in magazines:

The River Comes First and The Cloudburst
The Unofficial Side is the only story he wrote involving the Russian Revolution. It is related by Hurst, a paid hand in a small private yacht.
Two Shorts and a Long also involves Hurst and is set on the yacht.
The Shepherd’s Pipe (previously unpublished) and Ankou are grim tales set among the peasants of Russia and Brittany.

Geoff

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Thanks!  I didn't think of looking in Wikipedia - shows how much I still need to learn about internet resources.  I'm grateful.

TJ

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Hi TJ,
No problem.

I am re-reading The Coot Club, and have just watched it on DVD.

Can't wait til september 29th.


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