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Racundra's Third Cruise 2e
Most people know of Arthur Ransome, the author of the classic children's sailing tale, Swallows & Amazons, and many other books in the same series. But besides his exciting tales of children on the water there is much more to the man. Before he wrote Swallows & Amazons, Ransome was a journalist for the Daily News, based in Russia. He is reputed to have played chess against Lenin and he married Trotsky's secretary. He cruised extensively in the Baltic in the 1920s on board his beloved Racundra. His account of his first cruise on that boat was his first commercially successful book, Racundra's First Cruise (also available from Fernhurst Books). The second cruise was spoilt by bad weather, but the third cruise was different - it was his honeymoon having married Evgenia Shelepina. Ransome clearly intended to publish the account of this cruise, but never finished it. Ransome enthusiast, Brian Hammett, got hold of the unpublished manuscript and found Ransome's hand-written notes, diaries, logbooks and photographs in the Ransome archive at Leeds University. Brian compiled this book, adding his own notes from his cruises in the same area. The result is a glorious volume which has delighted Ransome enthusiasts, sailors and landlubbers equally. This new paperback edition and eBook will be published on 8th May - the very day that Ransome and Shelepina got married in 1924 before their honeymoon cruise which is recounted in this book.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"All good hearty cruising fare and a nice mixture of drizzle, sunshine, misery and pleasure... A lovely insight into the author and his journey toward marital bliss." (Sailing Today, July 2018) "delightful little tome" (Julian Stockwin, June 2018) "A book to savour." (Yachting Monthly, Sep 2018) "In the same engaging style of his later books. He even makes fishing sound fun and shrugs off the minor `disasters' that occur in small boats. His descriptions of the people, places and a now vanished way of life have a certain poignancy." (Little Ship Club, Summer 2018) "a fascinating insight into river cruising through a countryside suffering from the aftermath of a long and bitter civil war. The second part contains more general insights into Baltic cruising life and times in the early 1920s... this slim paperback is highly recommended. Although it describes a world long gone, it nails much that is important, enjoyable and interesting about cruising life." (Flying Fish, December 2018) "Beautifully illustrated with AR's photographs and drawings, and other photos... AR's descriptive writing was a delight to read, and the tale of the unwanted crew member in the form of a mouse which turned out to the Evgenia's arch-enemy was truly humorous and intriguing... I would heartily recommend this account to others." (TARSUS, September 2018) "Ransome's little details are delightful, particularly the grass snake onboard who is happiest when curled around the teapot!" (Lifeboat, Autumn 2018) "This 2018 edition from Fernhurst Books has been lovingly edited by Brian Hammett... Ransome's account of the journey is beautifully written. His descriptions of the river, the countryside, the people, empty roofless buildings razed by the war, even the fish he caught, are wonderful and make one which one was there with him. We feel his care of the boat, to carry the right sails, to avoid hazards, to anchor safely. The pace is languid and evokes a nostalgia for a less frantic style of cruising... This little book is a delight and deserves a place in your boat's library. Read it when lazing at anchor, as Ransome did when he wrote it; you will love it." (Royal Cruising Club, Nov 18) "Inside you find a rare treat in the form of pure-unedited Ransome... Fans will not be disappointed." (Yachts & Yachting) "There isn't a paragraph in it that is not a delight to read... Few books have been edited with more enthusiasm and dedication... This is a labour of love for which Ransome's many admirers have reason to be enormously grateful." (The Independent) "His easy descriptive prose is as fresh as it ever was." (Classic Boat) "The day-to-day details of the cruise will be music to the ears of sailing enthusiasts, but the keen eye of Ransome the journalist ensures there is plenty to hold the attention of those of us who don't know the difference between a centreboard and a centre-forward." (The Keswick Reminder) "Here's a book that's worth taking with you to that special anchorage, a book worth hiding away with... It's pure gold dust." (Sailing Today) "An intriguing insight into how we went yachting in the first quarter of the 20th century... For anyone interested in the early days of cruising, it's compulsive enough. For anyone who first set sail with the Swallows and Amazons, it's an absolute must." (Practical Boat Owner) "Ransome's style is unique and Brian Hammett has done a good job of compiling a fascinating book that will delight Ransome's many fans." (All At Sea) "Illustrated with the author's own photos, this is a charming combination of autobiography, travel and history." (The Bookseller) "A superbly well-written book which is worth reading at a suitably leisurely pace and savouring every exquisite minute." (Lifeboat) "Will be enjoyed by Ransome-lovers, sailors and landlubbers alike!" (Cruising) "You'll love Racundra's Third Cruise, but be warned that it may make you a little sad too. This is truly a glimpse into a time long gone." (Cruising Helmsman)