Unearthing the true story behind former British spy and treasured children’s author Arthur Ransome

Arthur Ransome’s tales of boats and adventure – many of which were set in Suffolk – changed the course of children’s literature. But, says Julian Lovelock, who has written a book about Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series, the author was a complex character whose novels were inextricably bound up with the times he lived through and the sadnesses of his own life. Continue reading Unearthing the true story behind former British spy and treasured children’s author Arthur Ransome

Feel inspired to get your children back in to reading after BBC tribute to the Lake District

As part of their #LoveToRead campaign the BBC visited the Lake District to explore the landscape that has provided inspiration for some of the best-loved children’s authors of all time. Gabrielle Rowley caught up with TV presenter Simon O’Brien to find out more about the Books That Made Britain documentary. Continue reading Feel inspired to get your children back in to reading after BBC tribute to the Lake District