Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin

Julie read Peter Willis’s book Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin (published by Lodestar) with great pleasure recently. She was clearly charmed by it, and I thought her comments were interesting – not least because they show how Peter’s book is as relevant to non-boating Ransome fans as it is for us boat … Continue reading “Good Little Ship: Arthur Ransome, Nancy Blackett and the Goblin”

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The amazing restoration story of the Nancy Blackett

The Nancy Blackett is a 28ft Hillyard cruising yacht that famous children’s author Arthur Ransome bought second-hand in 1934. In fact, she was quite new, having been built in 1931, but in her young life had already borne two names when Ransome renamed her after a character in his children’s novels. The story of how … Continue reading “The amazing restoration story of the Nancy Blackett”

Good Little Ship – Peter Willis’s book about Ransome’s boat is out now

Just in time for Christmas, I’d say! Here’s what publishers Lodestar have to say: ‘Generations of children and their parents have delighted in Arthur Ransome’s series of twelve ‘Swallows and Amazons’ books, but one of them stands out from the rest as being of a different order altogether. We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea … Continue reading “Good Little Ship – Peter Willis’s book about Ransome’s boat is out now”