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Leeds writers: Arthur Ransome
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The Swallows and Amazons series is still a favourite with children today

Leeds-born Arthur Ransome is best known as the author of children's classic books such as Swallows and Amazons.

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Ransome was born on 18 January 1884 and died on 3 June 1967.

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Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884.

Arthur Ransome began his career working as a journalist. In 1913 he visited Russia and on his return to England, he published Old Peter's Russian Tales, a collection of 21 folktales from Russia.

In 1929 Ransom began writing novels for children. These books eventually became best-sellers.

His twelve children's books include Swallows and Amazons, Peter Duck, Winter Holiday, and Pigeon Post.

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