In Pigeon Post, the crew's on holiday and they turn their energies to mining for gold, aided by pigeon messengers Homer, Sophocles, and Sappho. The adventurers comb the nearby hills for a fabled lost claim, while being shadowed by a mysterious figure they dub "squashy hat". Undeterred by drought, sudden brushfires, and the continuing presence of Squashy Hat, the young prospectors persevere in their quest - with surprising results.
Arthur Ransome was a prolific writer of children's books. Born in Leeds in 1884, it was his father, a nature-loving history professor, who inspired his love of the outdoors and nurtured a passion for fishing. As a child he enjoyed active, outdoor holidays: sailing, camping and exploring the countryside. He used many of these holiday settings for his children's stories, notably the much-loved Swallows and Amazons, a book that sits comfortably in the category of "timeless classic". In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for the sixth book in the Swallows & Amazons series, Pigeon Post.
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By Jeremy on 19-08-15
Arthur Ransome Classic
A great story with a happy ending and, unusually, for AR, hardly a boat in sight. The reader gets most of it right but occasionally puts the wrong emphasis in a sentence that grates a bit, but not enough to spoil the overall pleasure.
By Zero Wolf on 30-07-15
My mother loved these books as a child and I have listened to nearly all on audible. Pigeon Pigeon is my favourite. The plot is very funny and clever. I nearly died of laughing about the armadillo! The only problem is that the reader makes the bad mistake of calling Dorothea Dorothy, which has quite a different feel, though nearly the same name.