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The life of Arthur Ransome

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For a man who longed for a quiet existence, Arthur Ransome led a remarkably adventurous life. His bohemian years as a writer in Chelsea before the First World War closed with the agony of his prosecution for Libel by Lord Alfred Douglas. His two marriages - first to an unstable fantasist and later to a formidable Russian who had been Trotsky's secretary - were, to say the ...more
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published May 2nd 1985 by Hamilton (first published January 18th 1984)
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Aug 29, 2011 Will rated it liked it
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I had no idea the author of the Swallows and Amazons books I loved when I was young had led such a fascinating life, and one so seemingly far removed from messing about in boats. Ransome was a reporter (although that wasn't his career choice) and one of the few to provide a first-hand account of the Russian revolution. He was at times asked to spy for England, and because of his close connections with Trotsky and Lenin, a suspected double agent as well.
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Anyone who is interested in Ransome needs to read this book-it's one of the best biographies I've ever read.
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