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Swallows and Amazons is the first book in the Swallows and Amazons series by English author Arthur Ransome; it was first published in 1930 and is set in the Lake District.

John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island holds more excitement in store. Two fierce Amazon Pirates, Nancy and Peggy, challenge them to war and a summer of battles and alliances ensues.

Childhood memories come flooding back :)

So, this is a brand new edition with the dust jacket protected and secured to the boards with film. Teamed with black resin handles, antiqued brass feet and book corners and charming 'notes and scribbles' cotton fabric.

The book measures a perfect 147mm x 202mm x 35mm (5.7" x 8" x 1.3") so it's a great size for a handbag. There's an internal pocket trimmed with ribbon for a mobile phone and a pocket for cards with a tiny silver-plated 'made with love' charm sewn on it. It all closes with a fabric loop and a vintage sail-like button.

The listing show the handbag with the matching covered pages, and gift wrapped in the final picture - nestled in shredded paper. The matching covered pages don't come with the bag, but are available to purchase separately - please see below.

“Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers won't drown.”
― Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons

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Matching covered pages available here:
ISBN-13: 9780224606318

Swallows and Amazons handbag, Arthur Ransome, Sailing lover gift, Vintage book bag, "Swallows and Amazons for-ever!"

VAT included (where applicable). 

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Book cover, Fabric, Handles, Glue, Resin handles, Brass feet, Vintage button, Tiny charm, Adventure, Brass book corners, and more glue
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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